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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'Most coronaviruses become weak in high temperature and high humidity'

'Most coronaviruses become weak in high temperature and high humidity'

Rediff.com12 hours ago

'That way, it will be helpful for India because by April, temperatures will be in the late 30s and early 40s.' 'So, if we are able to sustain these 21 days, and go to that temperature zone, it will be a way of nature protecting us.'

'India is likely to succeed in this war'

'India is likely to succeed in this war'

Rediff.com5 days ago

'At the same time, if we are a little careless, we will run into trouble. No doubt about that.'

'Take precautions, but don't panic'

'Take precautions, but don't panic'

Rediff.com20 Mar 2020

'Social isolation itself can create panic among people. So, stay connected.'

'Even a person without symptoms can pass on coronavirus'

'Even a person without symptoms can pass on coronavirus'

Rediff.com16 Mar 2020

'If everybody with flu symptoms approach hospitals, it will create a very difficult situation for our health system.'

Yes Bank: 'People will lose confidence in the system'

Yes Bank: 'People will lose confidence in the system'

Rediff.com11 Mar 2020

'RBI was focusing on public sector banks perhaps thinking that private sector banks are managed efficiently while PSU banks are not.' 'Now, RBI has to focus on private sector banks too.'

Tharoor: 'Scindia's shallowness and hollowness of convictions'

Tharoor: 'Scindia's shallowness and hollowness of convictions'

Rediff.com11 Mar 2020

'Scindia's willingness to consort with the BJP, a party he has rightly, and eloquently, excoriated in various speeches and statements in the recent past suggest a shallowness and hollowness of convictions and principles.'

A woman India should be proud of

A woman India should be proud of

Rediff.com9 Mar 2020

'We say we are proud to be Indian. Can we be proud of such an India where its people are hungry and on the streets?'

How Kerala contained the coronavirus threat

How Kerala contained the coronavirus threat

Rediff.com4 Mar 2020

''We had three positive cases, but our success was the three not going up to 30 or 100.' 'Also, all the three survived the virus,' says Kerala's Health Minister K K Shailaja.

To Hell And Back

To Hell And Back

Rediff.com28 Feb 2020

If you think life has made Asna a bitter person, you are wrong; she is one young woman full of positivity and dreams.

'We are in an economic crisis'

'We are in an economic crisis'

Rediff.com12 Feb 2020

'The slowdown is likely to continue.'

'Govt is not taking unemployment seriously'

'Govt is not taking unemployment seriously'

Rediff.com6 Feb 2020

'It does not look like unemployment is a priority for the government.' 'If there was one external factor which could have made an impact on low investment and low jobs, it was the Budget and it has not made any difference.' '2020 is going to be a difficult and challenging year.'

'Budget's tax rates are a laughing matter'

'Budget's tax rates are a laughing matter'

Rediff.com4 Feb 2020

'The economy needed 3 or 4 major fixes. The major one was, of course, the direct tax structure, but we ended up complicating the existing convoluted tax structure,' says M R Venkatesh, chartered accountant and lawyer.

'2 to 3 years for economy to recover'

'2 to 3 years for economy to recover'

Rediff.com4 Feb 2020

'It was like a doctor giving some simple pain killers to a patient in dire requirement of chemotherapy.' 'There was no sense of urgency or desperation in this particular Budget.'

'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.com29 Jan 2020

'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.'

Were Nehru and Menon responsible for the 1962 defeat?

Were Nehru and Menon responsible for the 1962 defeat?

Rediff.com28 Jan 2020

'Rightly or wrongly, 1962 got ascribed to Krishna Menon and him alone. That's unfair.' 'Certainly, he was one of the guilty men, but he was not the only guilty man. Mistakes were made all around.'

'Growth will happen only with higher govt spending'

'Growth will happen only with higher govt spending'

Rediff.com27 Jan 2020

'Slowing down of the economy was mainly due to the demonetisation shock...' 'If you cut off the oxygen supply to a patient in the ICU and the patient dies, the patient does not come alive again when you restore the oxygen supply.'

'$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.'

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