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Shobha Warrier

Shobha Warrier has extensively covered the Sabarimala issue for Rediff.com. She is the author of His Days with Bapu: Gandhi's Personal Secretary Recalls among several books. You can e-mail the author at shobhaw@rediff.co.in

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COVID-19 vaccine: 'You can't give false hope'

COVID-19 vaccine: 'You can't give false hope'

Rediff.com1 days ago

'We are going ahead with the trials assuming what we have is the vaccine.' 'There is also a chance that what you have is not the vaccine. Then, you have to go back to the drawing board again.' 'So far, there has been no success in developing a good vaccine against coronaviruses.' 'That's why there are hundreds of trials going on at different stages in different parts of the world.'

A mask that can deactivate COVID-19

A mask that can deactivate COVID-19

Rediff.com4 days ago

'If people use the mask properly, we can confidently say that this is as protective as the best mask in the market.'<

Can Wastewater Testing tell us more about COVID-19?

Can Wastewater Testing tell us more about COVID-19?

Rediff.com5 days ago

'Wastewater containing excreted material can tell us how a community is doing in a particular area pertaining to any epidemic, pandemic, and other bacterial and viral diseases.'

Will India's Covaxin be world's first COVID-19 drug?

Will India's Covaxin be world's first COVID-19 drug?

Rediff.com3 Jul 2020

'We need to prove to the world that quality vaccines and R&D are possible in India.'

'I can't see an Elon Musk anywhere in India'

'I can't see an Elon Musk anywhere in India'

Rediff.com30 Jun 2020

'Saying the private industry will come and transform India's space programme is real moonshine!'

'Vested interests want private players in space'

'Vested interests want private players in space'

Rediff.com26 Jun 2020

'ISRO facilities are very expensive and any damage caused by these start-ups can create havoc to our space programme.'

'Business and war cannot go side by side'

'Business and war cannot go side by side'

Rediff.com22 Jun 2020

'Have you met anyone who said "I will not boycott Chinese products"?'

'1,000 companies want to shift from China to India'

'1,000 companies want to shift from China to India'

Rediff.com22 Jun 2020

'China can't stop any company from relocating to India.'

Beware of A3i, the new coronavirus strain that's spreading fast!

Beware of A3i, the new coronavirus strain that's spreading fast!

Rediff.com18 Jun 2020

'In India, A3i is found mostly in southern India, and a few in Delhi. You don't see this strain much in, say, Gujarat or Maharashtra.'

'The crisis we are facing now is lack of demand'

'The crisis we are facing now is lack of demand'

Rediff.com12 Jun 2020

'There is lack of demand because people have no jobs, and no income.' 'Lakhs of people have lost their jobs and they have no income which has led to no demand in the market.'

'Hurried Lockdown has Created Havoc'

'Hurried Lockdown has Created Havoc'

Rediff.com12 Jun 2020

'Unless we get the health and economic situations right at the same time, we will not recover.'

Why WHO should not have stopped HCQ clinical trials

Why WHO should not have stopped HCQ clinical trials

Rediff.com4 Jun 2020

'WHO has been under a lot of attack, so when they saw the Lancet study, they stopped the clinical trials of HCQ.' 'They should not have stopped the clinical trials.'

'Climate change is a reality'

'Climate change is a reality'

Rediff.com3 Jun 2020

'When there is a change in the wind speed or the stress exerted on the surface, it will change the ocean currents.'

How this town persuaded migrant workers to stay

How this town persuaded migrant workers to stay

Rediff.com1 Jun 2020

'It is because we treat them as our own people, and there is no difference between owners and workers here.'

'Don't treat nurses as angels, treat them as professionals'

'Don't treat nurses as angels, treat them as professionals'

Rediff.com29 May 2020

'The government lights lamps for nurses but when we demand what's due for us, they don't listen at all.'

This business lost Rs 9,000 crores in lockdown!

This business lost Rs 9,000 crores in lockdown!

Rediff.com28 May 2020

'By the time the goods that were sent from December onwards reached stores in Europe, they became dead inventory as the stores there were closed by then.' 'Those that were in the warehouse there also became dead inventory. Those that reached the ports there also became dead inventory.' 'And what Tirupur produced in March is still here, and they have also become dead inventory.'

'Shopping for clothes won't be a priority'

'Shopping for clothes won't be a priority'

Rediff.com28 May 2020

'Fear psychosis has gripped the entire world.' 'Nobody is going to enter shops freely in the next 5, 6 months.' 'Secondly, the priority has changed.' 'Now that they have seen the bottom of the economy, people will prefer to save for tomorrow.'

'You don't ask someone in ICU to start exercising from the next day'

'You don't ask someone in ICU to start exercising from the next day'

Rediff.com22 May 2020

'Today when people are fighting to get their salary, you are telling them you will privatise airports!'

'Economic package is like an onion'

'Economic package is like an onion'

Rediff.com22 May 2020

'You peel one layer, then another layer, then another, but in the end, you will see that there is no onion inside.' 'This package has been packaged well, but there is nothing much inside the package!'

'Economy will take 18 months to 2 years to recover'

'Economy will take 18 months to 2 years to recover'

Rediff.com19 May 2020

'The current financial year will see the full impact of this crisis, and we will start seeing the recovery in the next financial year.'

'India can be an economically self-reliant country'

'India can be an economically self-reliant country'

Rediff.com19 May 2020

'Opportunity for a country like India is huge in terms of wealth creation.' 'That's the reason India is an attractive economy for investors.'

'Lockdown has changed the environment around us'

'Lockdown has changed the environment around us'

Rediff.com15 May 2020

'If we want a better life, we have to treat nature better, and behave properly.' 'That's nature's message to us.'

'In six months' time I will come out with a vaccine'

'In six months' time I will come out with a vaccine'

Rediff.com12 May 2020

'This is an improved version of BCG that also gives immunity against the coronavirus.'

What Modi must do to revive the economy

What Modi must do to revive the economy

Rediff.com11 May 2020

'At this stage, you should distribute money and food.' 'Like you queue up to vote, let people queue up to collect this.' 'This will arrest the decline in demand which will have a multiplier effect on the demand side for the economy as a whole.' 'The government should earmark about 2% of the GDP for this.' 'And this should be the first step to revive the economy.'

Be Prepared for Very Bad Economic Times!

Be Prepared for Very Bad Economic Times!

Rediff.com11 May 2020

'We are going to have a recession this year, maybe next year too...'

Indian scientists lead battle against COVID-19

Indian scientists lead battle against COVID-19

Rediff.com8 May 2020

'Unless we make our own testing kits, we will not get out of this disease faster.'

'Next year, when it appears, we won't even talk about it'

'Next year, when it appears, we won't even talk about it'

Rediff.com8 May 2020

'What is happening now is the virus is trying to survive inside us, and we are also trying to survive.' 'It is actually a fight. And the advantage the virus has is it multiplies very, very fast.' 'Within a second it can make 100 copies. Our cells are not like that.'

'Govt should present new Budget'

'Govt should present new Budget'

Rediff.com7 May 2020

'This prime minister thinks he knows everything.' 'He has to consult, he has to talk and he has to mobilise the best people, but having seen him function, I have no expectations from him.'

'More younger people are dying in India than in US'

'More younger people are dying in India than in US'

Rediff.com4 May 2020

'If you look at the age group of people who died in India, the average age is 35!' 'That's why as a country we should be much more concerned.'

'It will be a horrible scene in May'

'It will be a horrible scene in May'

Rediff.com27 Apr 2020

'Where will industry have funds when they open up?'

'We are finished!'

'We are finished!'

Rediff.com27 Apr 2020

'There are a lot of companies that have been struggling really hard expecting to do better year after year.' 'All these people will think now, "Let me not fight any more. Let me end this".'

'Coronavirus has taken us back 30, 40 years!'

'Coronavirus has taken us back 30, 40 years!'

Rediff.com22 Apr 2020

'It will be like this: If you use the window seat in the first row, next will be the aisle in the second row, to maintain social distancing.' 'So, two-thirds of the aircraft is not going to be used.'

Coronavirus: 'For two years we have to be careful!'

Coronavirus: 'For two years we have to be careful!'

Rediff.com19 Apr 2020

'Once you resume economic activities, life will be normal.' 'The younger people will tolerate the virus very well. So, life will become normal very soon.'

COVID-19 warrior: 'I told my mum I was doing my duty'

COVID-19 warrior: 'I told my mum I was doing my duty'

Rediff.com14 Apr 2020

'She used to call me every day to check whether I was all right. You know how mothers are!'

'Use BCG vaccine immediately. No time to waste'

'Use BCG vaccine immediately. No time to waste'

Rediff.com9 Apr 2020

'We should start giving this vaccination immediately to doctors, nurses etc and also to the elderly.'

'BCG vaccine can be a game-changer against coronavirus'

'BCG vaccine can be a game-changer against coronavirus'

Rediff.com9 Apr 2020

'There is indeed a link between BCG vaccination and resistance to COVID-19.'

'You just can't isolate the elderly completely'

'You just can't isolate the elderly completely'

Rediff.com8 Apr 2020

'Families look after the elderly. And these families are facing a lot of problems now.'

'Lockdown is the only option we have'

'Lockdown is the only option we have'

Rediff.com3 Apr 2020

'For every epidemic, it takes a peak and then it comes down.' 'Usually, infections peak in 14 days, and you give another week's time after the peak.' 'That is why the lockdown is for 21 days.'

'Can government play with people's money?'

'Can government play with people's money?'

Rediff.com2 Apr 2020

'...Rs 137 lakh crores of people's money?' 'It is not the government's money, it is people's money.'

'Nationalise all private banks!'

'Nationalise all private banks!'

Rediff.com31 Mar 2020

'One by one we are seeing these private banks taking people's money and mismanaging it.' 'In the last 30 years, 30 private banks have collapsed.' 'Nationalise all banks so that people's money is safe.'

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