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

All stories by SHOBHA WARRIER

'People hated him. People loved him. But people could never ignore him'

'People hated him. People loved him. But people could never ignore him'

Rediff.com3 days ago

'The Congress party hated him because he had not gone to jail, he was not lathi charged, he had not gone on hunger strike.' 'They felt he had lived in London all his life and then he came to India and became an MP and a minister.'

'$5 trillion economy by 2024 does not seem possible'

'$5 trillion economy by 2024 does not seem possible'

Rediff.com15 Jan 2020

'We are at $2.7 trillion and 2024 is not far away.' 'The country will need to grow by 9% every year for 5 years continuously and raise the aggregate investment rate to 38% of GDP to achieve the government's target of turning India into a $5 trillion economy.' 'Given the fact that we are only growing at about 5% and our investment rates are only about 30%, it may take a number of years before we can reach that targeted level.'

'Economy is already in recession'

'Economy is already in recession'

Rediff.com13 Jan 2020

'The economy will pick up in 2020 or a little later... When it picks up, will it reach 10%, 8% or still lower? It all depends on how realistic are the diagnosis and the prescriptions that follow,' says Professor K J Joseph.

'Yoga can stop the progression of dementia'

'Yoga can stop the progression of dementia'

Rediff.com7 Jan 2020

'Yoga can increase the volume of hippocampus and improve memory.'

How yoga can help the elderly

How yoga can help the elderly

Rediff.com3 Jan 2020

'If the meditative yoga programme we had developed for the elderly was practised for one hour every day, five days in a week for six months, it could lead to an improvement in the overall quality of life of the elderly.'

When your home is demolished for no fault of yours...

When your home is demolished for no fault of yours...

Rediff.com1 Jan 2020

For 'a person who has dedicated his life to teaching students, guiding them to restoring monuments and preserving our built heritage, I never dreamt that my home will one day be demolished.'

Why Anglo-Indians feel let down by Modi

Why Anglo-Indians feel let down by Modi

Rediff.com20 Dec 2019

'We fear worse things to happen. We feel this is just a teaser.' 'I wonder whether later, the Christian community will be targeted.'

A mother's battle to bring her daughter back from ISIS

A mother's battle to bring her daughter back from ISIS

Rediff.com12 Dec 2019

Bindu Sampath from Thiruvananthapuram is the voice of all those mothers who have lost their children to ISIS. Her habeas corpus petition for her daughter Nimisha, who got married and converted to Islam, was turned down. Now the NIA has found daughter and family to be with ISIS in Afghanistan, but Bindu has not given up hope to bring her back to India.

What you must know about Dementia

What you must know about Dementia

Rediff.com11 Dec 2019

'Dementia is going to be a huge challenge for hospitals, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, health workers and family members.'

A robot changes the way a bank hires staff!

A robot changes the way a bank hires staff!

Rediff.com6 Dec 2019

'The highlight of the interview process is it is robotic.'

'Don't sell Air India, BPCL at a loss'

'Don't sell Air India, BPCL at a loss'

Rediff.com4 Dec 2019

'National assets, created over the years through tax-payers's money, should not be handed over to business houses at throwaway prices.'

'India becoming 3rd largest economy is not far away'

'India becoming 3rd largest economy is not far away'

Rediff.com4 Dec 2019

'The Indian State needs to focus on healthcare, education, infrastructure and law and order, and get out of all these regulatory cholesterols.' 'Then, India will fly.'

'It is climate change time for corporate India'

'It is climate change time for corporate India'

Rediff.com4 Dec 2019

'There are companies that are losing and there are companies that are rising.' 'And the companies that are losing are positioning it as an economic slowdown.'

Tharoor: 'Always wise to tread carefully on people's feelings'

Tharoor: 'Always wise to tread carefully on people's feelings'

Rediff.com3 Dec 2019

'This is an issue that is larger than the interests of any one party.'

'Sabarimala verdict is an extremely good decision'

'Sabarimala verdict is an extremely good decision'

Rediff.com19 Nov 2019

'The Sabarimala issue is no longer in splendid isolation.'

'For long term goals, you have to INVEST, not save'

'For long term goals, you have to INVEST, not save'

Rediff.com18 Nov 2019

In this interview with Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier, Ashok Kumar E R, the CEO and co-founder of Scripbox shares some more interesting observations about the way Indian women make financial decisions and offers advice on how, with the apt guidance and information, they could do a lot better.

'Every day, we hear about factories closing down'

'Every day, we hear about factories closing down'

Rediff.com15 Nov 2019

'Businessmen are reluctant to invest because there is a fear that private investors are being targeted by various agencies.'

'For the first time in 45 years, unemployment increased'

'For the first time in 45 years, unemployment increased'

Rediff.com15 Nov 2019

'Ultimately, people will revolt at one time or the other.' 'You cannot feed the public with cultural issues forever.'

'China, like US, is not dependable and trustworthy'

'China, like US, is not dependable and trustworthy'

Rediff.com18 Oct 2019

'Only when China treats India as an equal can we consider them real friends.'

'Every order now comes from the PMO'

'Every order now comes from the PMO'

Rediff.com15 Oct 2019

'There is no senior bureaucracy functioning now; these people only obey.' 'This is only a command and control kind of governance.'

'Foresee turnaround in economy in 3 months'

'Foresee turnaround in economy in 3 months'

Rediff.com11 Oct 2019

'Till now, we were under tremendous stress. The economy was not recovering, the financial cycle was not moving and the banks were not supporting.' 'With the government pumping in money to the banks and asking the NBFCs to give priority to the MSME sector, there will be a revival.'

Explained: Why the monsoon is pulling out so late

Explained: Why the monsoon is pulling out so late

Rediff.com9 Oct 2019

'The last time we had such a late withdrawal of monsoon was in 1960 or so.'

How India can rival China in electronics manufacturing

How India can rival China in electronics manufacturing

Rediff.com3 Oct 2019

'We have the geographic advantage, demographic advantage, we have the necessary technical skills.' 'We just have to get all of these together. Then, we can very well compete.'

'What auto slowdown are you talking about?'

'What auto slowdown are you talking about?'

Rediff.com26 Sep 2019

'The August phenomenon of decline in sales occurs every year.' 'What they have done cleverly is, using the economic slowdown as an excuse, they want a package from the government to compensate the expenditure they will incur while converting BS4 to BS6.' 'That's why they are making a hue and cry.'

The 85 year old fighting Tamil Nadu's killer hoardings

The 85 year old fighting Tamil Nadu's killer hoardings

Rediff.com18 Sep 2019

'After people died when banners fell on them, I decided to file a case to make it a law to prevent people from doing this.' 'Till today, I have filed 150 cases against this menace.'

Why Chandrayaan was delayed by 13 years

Why Chandrayaan was delayed by 13 years

Rediff.com16 Sep 2019

'If Chandrayaan 1 had a launch with GSLV, we need not have an orbiter for Chandrayaan 2.' 'We could have gone straight round the moon and landed on the moon.'

'I will give 98% marks to Chandrayaan 2 mission'

'I will give 98% marks to Chandrayaan 2 mission'

Rediff.com13 Sep 2019

'When you look at it from the point of view of science, Chandrayaan 2 is a big success.'

'6 months to 1 year for economic revival'

'6 months to 1 year for economic revival'

Rediff.com10 Sep 2019

'The worst is over, but it may take a couple more years for the banking system to re-establish the growth process.' 'Banks are the major pillars in an economy's revival.' 'Without banking operations and lending, revival will not happen.'

'If you allow money to flow, people are ready to buy houses, cars'

'If you allow money to flow, people are ready to buy houses, cars'

Rediff.com5 Sep 2019

'If credit is not available, people will postpone buying. That's what has happened.'

'We need India-centric solutions, not Harvard-centric'

'We need India-centric solutions, not Harvard-centric'

Rediff.com29 Aug 2019

'The government is sincerely working on employment generation. Unfortunately, they are depending on these people from Harvard. Their wrong policies are killing jobs. The government has to come out of the Western framework on which they depend upon a lot.'

'If slowdown prolongs we will start seeing casualties'

'If slowdown prolongs we will start seeing casualties'

Rediff.com23 Aug 2019

'We are in the reverse gear and we are not there anywhere compared to the rest of the world'

'It is not tax terrorism, it is tax jihadism'

'It is not tax terrorism, it is tax jihadism'

Rediff.com14 Aug 2019

'The IAS officers are after the rich people, the IRS officers are after the middle class and the IPS officers are after the poor. This is the new varnashrama created by the bureaucracy.'

4 lessons to learn from CCD's Siddhartha's life

4 lessons to learn from CCD's Siddhartha's life

Rediff.com7 Aug 2019

VG Siddhartha's story 'will be a good case study and not a deterrent to those who want to be entrepreneurs. I don't think it will scare young entrepreneurs. I think these cases will make them sensible. They will understand that they have to be very careful about certain things, otherwise, they will have to pay a heavy price.'

'The world wants you to be completely beaten in bankruptcy'

'The world wants you to be completely beaten in bankruptcy'

Rediff.com5 Aug 2019

'What Siddhartha's life teaches us is something very true about life; that life is a circle, and what goes up will come down. What is on top today will come down tomorrow, and what is down will go back to the top.'

'Around one lakh jobs are created in colleges itself'

'Around one lakh jobs are created in colleges itself'

Rediff.com2 Aug 2019

'More than 1,000 start-ups are created from colleges, and more start-ups are coming up every year.'

'Entrepreneurship in India is looked at with mistrust'

'Entrepreneurship in India is looked at with mistrust'

Rediff.com2 Aug 2019

'I don't think Siddhartha has done anything wrong. He has not managed his debt well. In any case, he is not the best example of the system going wrong or the system pushing him hard. I think on that particular day, he was depressed and took an impulsive decision. It will be unfair to blame the system.'

'The surprise is Kumaraswamy survived so long'

'The surprise is Kumaraswamy survived so long'

Rediff.com25 Jul 2019

'The leaders of the two parties, the rank and file, and even their respective vote banks are passionately opposed to each other.' 'At the top, between the leaders, it is personal, bitter and hostile.' 'This was not going to work. Everyone knew it.'

Those Magnificent Women and their Flying Machines

Those Magnificent Women and their Flying Machines

Rediff.com24 Jul 2019

'The ultimate satisfaction of helping in the country's space programme is the bigger achievement attracting women to space research -- and they are so good at it!'

'Do you have to endanger your sovereignty for peanuts of foreign money?'

'Do you have to endanger your sovereignty for peanuts of foreign money?'

Rediff.com23 Jul 2019

'Is this the only way for India to become a $5 trillion economy?' 'When you have unused foreign exchange here, why borrow more dollars?'

'No policy to encourage household saving in Budget'

'No policy to encourage household saving in Budget'

Rediff.com18 Jul 2019

'The household sector, which is still the largest contributor of financial savings, has been experiencing a decline in the last six years, and it has fallen below 8% of GDP.'

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