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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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'Farm law gives corporates upper hand'

'Farm law gives corporates upper hand'

Rediff.com1 days ago

'If they add a small paragraph that no purchase will be allowed below the MSP, they have a winner on their hands'

Why are Covid cases going up in Kerala?

Why are Covid cases going up in Kerala?

Rediff.com7 days ago

'It is a political failure, and not a medical failure.'

What Swadeshi Jaagran Manch wants changed in Modi's farm laws

What Swadeshi Jaagran Manch wants changed in Modi's farm laws

Rediff.com7 Oct 2020

'The SJM has requested the government to bring a change in the law which will ensure MSP as the floor price for all farmers below which nobody should buy anything from them.'

'Small traders lost Rs 4-5 lakh crores in lockdown'

'Small traders lost Rs 4-5 lakh crores in lockdown'

Rediff.com7 Oct 2020

'You have come out with a package for the kisan.' 'You have a package for industry.' 'But has anyone addressed the issues concerning small traders?'

'You cannot kill trade'

'You cannot kill trade'

Rediff.com7 Oct 2020

'When you oppose a policy, you are labelled anti-government.' 'The problem is, the policymakers have never done any business in their lives.'

'A proper vaccine will take at least 2-3 years'

'A proper vaccine will take at least 2-3 years'

Rediff.com6 Oct 2020

'No matter how much you fast track, you cannot say, here is a highly efficient vaccine even by the middle of next year or the end of next year'

COVID-19: 'There will be a second wave, third wave'

COVID-19: 'There will be a second wave, third wave'

Rediff.com28 Sep 2020

'When restaurants are open, pubs are open and people are moving around, a second wave will happen because you are giving a chance for the virus to spread.'

'Fault lies not with bureaucrats, but with the system'

'Fault lies not with bureaucrats, but with the system'

Rediff.com24 Sep 2020

'The skills and abilities of civil servants are still respected, even though they become whipping boys when things go wrong.'

'Officers seem to be operating in an atmosphere of fear'

'Officers seem to be operating in an atmosphere of fear'

Rediff.com24 Sep 2020

'Today, political formations seem to adopt an 'us' versus 'them' approach which shows up even in their attitude towards civil servants.'
'This creates an added layer of fear.'

'Mission Karmayogi is a jumla'

'Mission Karmayogi is a jumla'

Rediff.com21 Sep 2020

'You just make the bureaucracy honest and make them function with integrity.' 'Everything will be taken care of after that.' 'But this Mission Karmayogi does not even mention these two words -- honesty and integrity.'

'Till babus understand reality, growth won't happen'

'Till babus understand reality, growth won't happen'

Rediff.com17 Sep 2020

'The babus in Delhi are not able to understand the pain industry is facing.'

'If you want entrepreneurs to sprint, remove all hurdles'

'If you want entrepreneurs to sprint, remove all hurdles'

Rediff.com17 Sep 2020

'If you want Aatma Nirbhar, your policies should favour self-reliance, but your policies do not help the idea.' 'How are we going to be self-reliant if you make things difficult for us?'

'The government has to take measures to create demand'

'The government has to take measures to create demand'

Rediff.com16 Sep 2020

'Right now, we are increasing production in anticipation of the demand during the festive season.' 'If the demand doesn't come back, all the production will languish in the factories.'

'There is no disruption of imports from China'

'There is no disruption of imports from China'

Rediff.com16 Sep 2020

'Industry realises we cannot overly depend on imports from anywhere including China.'

'By the end of this year, our temples' funds will be empty'

'By the end of this year, our temples' funds will be empty'

Rediff.com9 Sep 2020

'So far we have paid our salaries and pension in full because we had some reserve fund.' 'But we cannot afford to do so for more than another three months.'

Why BJP doesn't want temple gold to be pledged to RBI

Why BJP doesn't want temple gold to be pledged to RBI

Rediff.com9 Sep 2020

'The Sangh Parivar's position is that whatever gold that is there in a temple should remain there. It shouldn't be taken away by anyone.' 'See, we are not misappropriating anything; we are only using it for the welfare of the temple and the devotees.'

'The contraction in GDP is the result of COVID-19 and the lockdown'

'The contraction in GDP is the result of COVID-19 and the lockdown'

Rediff.com4 Sep 2020

Prof Ananth Narayan, well known financial expert who works as a faculty member at the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research and the RBI's nominee director on the board of Yes Bank, expects a double-digit contraction in India's GDP this fiscal year. In the first of a two-part interview to Shobha Warrier/Rediff.com, Prof Narayan, below, says, "Giving liquidity and loan to cover the cash flow problem is not sufficient because you are essentially increasing the debt of many of these companies. And they might not be able to bear the burden."

'Without creating jobs and output, we are waiting for a disaster'

'Without creating jobs and output, we are waiting for a disaster'

Rediff.com4 Sep 2020

'We first need to acknowledge the truth.' 'We are trying to diminish the problem and say, everything is okay and green shoots are emerging.' 'Imagine you are a doctor and not getting accurate medical reports, how do you diagnose and treat the illness?' 'We are not dealing with a terminal illness here, we are dealing with BP and cholesterol, which are imminently curable.'

Economy: '4 to 5 years for normalcy to return'

Economy: '4 to 5 years for normalcy to return'

Rediff.com28 Aug 2020

'The government has failed to understand the seriousness of the situation, and that's why they are underestimating the problem.' 'They think some tinkering here and there will fix the economy automatically.'

120 million Indians will be unemployed!

120 million Indians will be unemployed!

Rediff.com26 Aug 2020

'Just see what kind of political, social and economic impact it will have when the number of unemployed goes up four times in one year suddenly.'

'Thousands of landslides are going to happen'

'Thousands of landslides are going to happen'

Rediff.com24 Aug 2020

'The last three decades were the era of D, where D stands for deforestation, destruction, degradation, disaster, damages, diseases, difficulties... and finally it leads to death.'

'People of Thiruvananthapuram want a first class airport'

'People of Thiruvananthapuram want a first class airport'

Rediff.com21 Aug 2020

'Mr (Gautam) Adani invested in Vizhinjam port when no other viable party was willing to bid.' 'He has also been active in charitable work and CSR projects in our coastal areas.' 'As the local MP, I do not judge the local situation purely through the prism of politics.'

'It will take longest for India's growth to return to pre-Covid levels'

'It will take longest for India's growth to return to pre-Covid levels'

Rediff.com13 Aug 2020

'The outlook for private investment, which has been such a weak link for India for so long, remains challenging.'

'India in race for worst performing economy in 2020'

'India in race for worst performing economy in 2020'

Rediff.com13 Aug 2020

'India is in a slowdown which most of us have not seen in our living memory.'

'We will not move until the last person is taken out'

'We will not move until the last person is taken out'

Rediff.com12 Aug 2020

'People in general have a kind of contemptuous attitude to those from Malappuram. But we have shown the entire world what dedicated and selfless work is.'

'90% of India wants the lockdown to go'

'90% of India wants the lockdown to go'

Rediff.com12 Aug 2020

'When you don't have food to eat, will you be worried about the virus or the next meal?'

'Accidents were waiting to happen and it happened'

'Accidents were waiting to happen and it happened'

Rediff.com10 Aug 2020

'The lay of the runway is not at all safe.' 'Even operating a 737 is dangerous there.' 'During the monsoon, they must ban landing on runway 10.'

What I learnt from the COVID-19 Crisis

What I learnt from the COVID-19 Crisis

Rediff.com7 Aug 2020

'The virus has been ahead of us till now, and we have been chasing the virus.' 'It is time we have to be a step ahead of the virus, and this is possible only by checking the oxygen level.'

'BCCI had gone against the nation's mood'

'BCCI had gone against the nation's mood'

Rediff.com6 Aug 2020

'Our people are crazy about cricket, but they are more crazy about their country, and their armed forces.' 'To the people of India, there is nothing that is above the nation, not even cricket.'

Why our cities get submerged in the monsoon

Why our cities get submerged in the monsoon

Rediff.com4 Aug 2020

'Urbanisation results in heavy rainfall events.'

What I learnt from fighting COVID-19

What I learnt from fighting COVID-19

Rediff.com3 Aug 2020

'Social distancing, wearing masks and hygiene should be practised more strictly.'' 'People should not assemble in close spaces as the micro droplets may hang in the air and can last for a longer time.'

'Temple may have to pledge treasure to RBI'

'Temple may have to pledge treasure to RBI'

Rediff.com25 Jul 2020

'As a person who has seen the treasure, I am worried about its safety.'

What SC verdict on world's richest temple means

What SC verdict on world's richest temple means

Rediff.com25 Jul 2020

'When you have a committee, there will not be any autocracy.' 'It means one person cannot take any decision on the temple.'

'Ban on Chinese imports will cripple economy'

'Ban on Chinese imports will cripple economy'

Rediff.com21 Jul 2020

'The ban on Chinese imports is a suicidal step.' 'This will result not only in economic depression, but in a chaotic situation.'

Modi should focus on wealth creation, not wealth distribution

Modi should focus on wealth creation, not wealth distribution

Rediff.com20 Jul 2020

'When you start distributing wealth, you end up distributing poverty.'

Modi must shut 20 ministries, 100 departments!

Modi must shut 20 ministries, 100 departments!

Rediff.com20 Jul 2020

'When the country is jobless, why should I pay through my nose to feed these people who want some perks in office?' 'Let them also join India's unemployed.' 'Let them also taste the bitter medicine of being jobless.'

COVID-19 Vaccine: 'Keep science away from politics'

COVID-19 Vaccine: 'Keep science away from politics'

Rediff.com16 Jul 2020

'No matter how much the political pressure is, I cannot say I will bring the Moon for you tomorrow!'

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

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

Rediff.com14 Jul 2020

'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.com8 Jul 2020

'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.com6 Jul 2020

'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.'

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