Shailesh Dobhal

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Connect the dots: Reliance, ITC, SoftBank

Connect the dots: Reliance, ITC, SoftBank

Rediff.com11 Aug 2020

Mukesh Ambani is stringing in new partnerships within the Reliance ecosystem with the best in global business -- from Facebook, Google and Microsoft to umpteen sovereign wealth funds and a soon-to-be-declared strategic partner in a big global retailer, notes Shailesh Dobhal.

Doorstep delivery is the biggest opportunity thrown open by COVID crisis

Doorstep delivery is the biggest opportunity thrown open by COVID crisis

Rediff.com26 May 2020

Footfalls will invariably come down to a trickle even after lockdown restrictions go away, and the only way to prevent someone else from poaching your consumer is to go down to the consumer herself. Consumers will prefer products and services to be delivered to their doorstep, hygienically and safely.

2019: Year of reality check

2019: Year of reality check

Rediff.com27 Dec 2019

From promoters losing their firms to consumers realising there are no free lunches, 2019 was a year of getting real,says Shailesh Dobhal.

The year in four faces

The year in four faces

Rediff.com29 Dec 2018

Urjit Patel, Binny Bansal, Nirav Modi and Rahul Gandhi personify the big trends that defined 2018. Well, almost...

Why are so many Indian tycoons heading for the door?

Why are so many Indian tycoons heading for the door?

Rediff.com1 Dec 2018

So what's up? Why are so many promoters heading for the door? It cannot be that all of them lost their appetite for a good fight at the same time.And if Naresh Goyal of Jet Airways and Subhash Chandra of Zee Entertainment do bow out, will it be seen as chickening out when the going got tough or the entrepreneurial instinct of surviving to fight another battle waned, wonders Shailesh Dobhal.

Move over millennials! The Gen Zers are here

Move over millennials! The Gen Zers are here

Rediff.com6 Sep 2018

They'll be increasingly define everything from products to politics of this country.

What do Mukesh Ambani and Ramdev have in common?

What do Mukesh Ambani and Ramdev have in common?

Rediff.com27 Jul 2018

Apply the 'insurgent' tests on what Ambani, Ramdev and Agarwal have done of late, and you will start seeing the similarities rather than obvious differences of industry, upbringing or social station, says Shailesh Dobhal.

Why Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved is faltering

Why Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved is faltering

Rediff.com2 Jun 2018

Ramdev made nature-to-goodness products popular, and reaped benefits. Then he seemed to lose focus and the last thing it needs is more distraction, like the passionate founder shooting his mouth off yet again

For some MNCs, India remains a big puzzle

For some MNCs, India remains a big puzzle

Rediff.com26 Jan 2018

Why Danone, Philips, and to an extent Nestl and P&G remain under stress in India is a subject perhaps worthy of a business school case study, says Shailesh Dobhal.

4 trends that shaped Indian industry in 2017

4 trends that shaped Indian industry in 2017

Rediff.com26 Dec 2017

From crisis leaders to future Goliaths, India Inc saw them all in 2017, says Shailesh Dobhal.

Mukesh plans another disruption, RIL to enter e-commerce

Mukesh plans another disruption, RIL to enter e-commerce

Rediff.com30 Nov 2017

Make no mistake, Reliance's entry into Indian e-commerce cannot be taken lightly. It is akin to a combine of AT&T and Wal-Mart challenging Amazon on its home turf, says Shailesh Dobhal.

The farmer in the farm loan waiver

The farmer in the farm loan waiver

Rediff.com28 Jul 2017

Beyond the macro data, there has been little enquiry into the profile of the indebted farmer households, says Shailesh Dobhal.

Wooing Middle-Income India

Wooing Middle-Income India

Rediff.com31 May 2017

From middle-class it is middle-income India, marketers are chasing for volumes. The 166 million households in this category is the new focus.

Attack on the MNC Titans

Attack on the MNC Titans

Rediff.com5 May 2017

It's a post-truth world for multinational brands and businesses too.

Kingfisher: How can a bank lend crores against a brand?

Kingfisher: How can a bank lend crores against a brand?

Rediff.com6 Apr 2016

In the frenzy of the debate over whether Vijay Mallya is a 'defaulter' or an 'absconder', a critical business asset has been needlessly sullied, says Shailesh Dobhal.

'A lot of the start-up stuff is inexperience coupled with arrogance'

'A lot of the start-up stuff is inexperience coupled with arrogance'

Rediff.com23 Feb 2016

'All businesses have to be run for business, for profits on a sustainable basis. It may sound old school, but then I have been in business for 32 years and you can't change an old tiger's stripes.'

Why Baba Ramdev's anti-MNC strategy is self-destructive

Why Baba Ramdev's anti-MNC strategy is self-destructive

Rediff.com10 Feb 2016

What does one make of Ramdev's recent allegations that MNCs are conspiring against Patanjali?

Marketing lessons to learn from the odd-even experiment

Marketing lessons to learn from the odd-even experiment

Rediff.com13 Jan 2016

There was all-round scepticism about the workability of the scheme.

The big threats India Inc faces from unlikely quarters

The big threats India Inc faces from unlikely quarters

Rediff.com29 Sep 2015

India Inc is facing threat from non-traditional sources.

Why so serious, Mr CEO?

Why so serious, Mr CEO?

Rediff.com28 Jul 2015

Now mergers, acquisitions, sale of assets, fundraising, strategic intent and competitive position in the market are part of business life everywhere.

Promoter families rule the roost in India Inc

Promoter families rule the roost in India Inc

Rediff.com30 Jun 2015

In peace and at war, firms remain tethered to promoter families in a uniquely Indian way.

Is it the end of brand 'Maggi' or will Nestle strike back?

Is it the end of brand 'Maggi' or will Nestle strike back?

Rediff.com2 Jun 2015

Experts question Nestle's silence over Maggi controversy.

Forget good-bad govt, India Inc focusses on the big picture

Forget good-bad govt, India Inc focusses on the big picture

Rediff.com12 May 2015

India Inc has too much on its plate to ensure double digit growth in FY16.

India Inc on a clean up drive, to shut loss-making businesses

India Inc on a clean up drive, to shut loss-making businesses

Rediff.com14 Apr 2015

India Inc is either shutting loss making businesses or is hiving off allied verticals to enhance revenues.

Few mind-blowing events that rocked India Inc in 2014

Few mind-blowing events that rocked India Inc in 2014

Rediff.com23 Dec 2014

Key events that rocked India Inc in 2014 and one of them is Vishal Sikka taking over reins at Infosys.