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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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'India is like a garden'

'India is like a garden'

Rediff.com37 minutes ago

'...that has plants and flowers of all colours and hues in it.' 'Do you think a garden with just one plant or one type of flower will be appealing?' 'No. It will look drab, uninteresting and lustreless because a garden would be captivating only if it had many flowers of different colours.'

Meet these Superstar Sisters!

Meet these Superstar Sisters!

Rediff.com5 days ago

'When people who ignored us, when relatives who have not spoken to us for a long time, congratulated us, it was a proud moment for my mother.'

The king who shunned glamour

The king who shunned glamour

Rediff.com24 Jul 2021

'Simplicity was very much a hallmark of the Kerala lifestyle those days.'

'PM has gone for good administrators'

'PM has gone for good administrators'

Rediff.com23 Jul 2021

'Whether it will create an impact or not, only time will tell.'

'With reshuffle, there is an acceptance of some failures'

'With reshuffle, there is an acceptance of some failures'

Rediff.com23 Jul 2021

'Visibly there is a posturing that everything is fine. That creates a bit of a problem.'

Why did Kerala governor fast against dowry?

Why did Kerala governor fast against dowry?

Rediff.com15 Jul 2021

'What we see today is bargaining.' 'The man's family sets a price for him and then they start bargaining.' 'He is sold to the family that offers the highest price.' 'In this market, a woman is just a commodity to be sold because if she remained at home, it is a humiliation for the family.'

'He treated the President and a poor man the same way'

'He treated the President and a poor man the same way'

Rediff.com14 Jul 2021

'His last journey was like putting out the lamps one by one in a temple at night.' 'It was like the soul slowly walking away from the body; it was so pure and peaceful...'

'Let them have a secret police to censor films!'

'Let them have a secret police to censor films!'

Rediff.com13 Jul 2021

'That would once and for all teach all the film-makers of this country a fitting lesson!'

Third Wave: Bigger Threat in Rural India

Third Wave: Bigger Threat in Rural India

Rediff.com13 Jul 2021

'The roadmap ahead seems very difficult especially in the rural areas where there is very poor infrastructure, vaccine reach and hesitancy.' 'These are a deadly cocktail for the next wave.'

'RBI should be more concerned about inflation'

'RBI should be more concerned about inflation'

Rediff.com6 Jul 2021

'We have lived through 10% plus inflation in India and we are aware of the economic pitfall.' 'With the RBI now having formally adopted an inflation target range, they cannot turn a blind eye to the impending risks.'

'Economic recovery depends a lot on vaccination'

'Economic recovery depends a lot on vaccination'

Rediff.com1 Jul 2021

'Vaccination is very important for an economy to start functioning properly.'

When you engineer a virus, you leave behind...'

When you engineer a virus, you leave behind...'

Rediff.com29 Jun 2021

'...signatures.' 'But such signatures are missing in this virus.'

'Second Wave is Not Over'

'Second Wave is Not Over'

Rediff.com29 Jun 2021

'We keep worrying about this variant or that variant. Forget about that.' 'Every variant can be stopped with a mask.' 'We don't want to do the simple thing of wearing a mask, but we worry ourselves to death about different variants.'

'You can't blame the people of India!

'You can't blame the people of India!

Rediff.com26 Jun 2021

'What was the message that was going to them?' 'The message was, we are a great country and we have beaten Covid!' 'No one talked about the precautions to be taken.'

'We are in a much, much worse stage than the Emergency'

'We are in a much, much worse stage than the Emergency'

Rediff.com26 Jun 2021

'During the Emergency, it boiled down to two people: Mrs Gandhi and her younger son.' 'But today, the cancer is spreading all over.'

'Every life lost is a loss to the country'

'Every life lost is a loss to the country'

Rediff.com20 Jun 2021

'India was fortunate to have a late entry into the pandemic; even the first wave entered India 2-3 months after many other countries experienced it.' 'Similarly, the second wave reached here after other countries went through it.' 'Despite having seen what other countries faced, we didn't ramp up our infrastructure sufficiently enough.' 'We remained highly under prepared.'

'Pandemic could potentially set us back a few decades'

'Pandemic could potentially set us back a few decades'

Rediff.com20 Jun 2021

'The future looks quite bleak unless we ramp up testing and start vaccinating on a war footing.'

'The agenda is to grab land'

'The agenda is to grab land'

Rediff.com15 Jun 2021

'The administration started intruding into the kitchens and bedrooms of the local community.'
'For the first time in 50 years the people of Lakshadweep who have till now never raised their hands, got out on the streets and started raising their voices.'

'We can defeat BJP in 2024'

'We can defeat BJP in 2024'

Rediff.com14 Jun 2021

'We may be weak now, but the importance of the Congress cannot be denied.'

'The top-down management of a party stifles ambitious political leaders'

'The top-down management of a party stifles ambitious political leaders'

Rediff.com14 Jun 2021

'We must encourage ambitious leaders and not stifle them.'

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