Shreekant Sambrani

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Why onions make us cry

Why onions make us cry

Rediff.com21 Oct 2019

'Electronic media splash sensational headlines of the bulb prices about to cross the three-figure mark and focus on customers looking longingly at baskets full of onions, bemoaning their misery without this essential staple of their diet,' notes Shreekant Sambrani.

How Piyush Goyal managed to walk a very tight rope

How Piyush Goyal managed to walk a very tight rope

Rediff.com21 Feb 2019

Governments make budgets to retain and consolidate their hold on power, not to please opponents or economists. They do so by trying to gratify as many as possible without causing harm to the others, says Shreekant Sambrani.

How Bharat can escape vicious poverty and debt trap

How Bharat can escape vicious poverty and debt trap

Rediff.com17 Jan 2019

Why do hundreds, and in some cases, thousands, turn up for a single vacancy at the lowest rungs of government jobs? The answer is simple: It offers a stable, assured income, which overcomes all other objections, says Shreekant Sambrani.

Dance of the hemlock drinkers

Dance of the hemlock drinkers

Rediff.com19 Dec 2018

The title alludes to Socrates willingly drinking poisonous hemlock as his punishment after he was convicted of corrupting the minds of the young and impiety in ancient Athens.

How Patel transformed into Sardar

How Patel transformed into Sardar

Rediff.com11 Nov 2018

Vallabhbhai Patel's great claim to fame originated from his steely leadership of a struggle against a repressive regime, a good three decades before the achievement of states unification, points out Shreekant Sambrani.

Vajpayee and Reagan: Two of a kind

Vajpayee and Reagan: Two of a kind

Rediff.com2 Sep 2018

The two leaders had some firm convictions in defence matters and are idolised by their respective people because they salved the scarred collective psyches of their societies.

This Mulk of mine

This Mulk of mine

Rediff.com24 Aug 2018

'We demonise the Others.' 'We are constantly reminded that they are different and are an existential threat to Us.' 'The toxin of Nellie in 1983, Delhi in 1984 and Gujarat in 2002 is not yet flushed out of our body politic,' says Shreekant Sambrani.

Clear and present danger in MSP decision

Clear and present danger in MSP decision

Rediff.com20 Jul 2018

The new MSP would worsen, rather than rectify, the two most pressing problems of Indian agriculture: Wastage of water from all sources and a tendency towards monocropping, says Shreekant Sambrani. On the other hand, a simple-minded recourse to them without a host of supporting measures could well exacerbate not just agriculture, but the overall economy as well, says Shreekant Sambrani.

Why Sajjan Jindal now wants to make cars

Why Sajjan Jindal now wants to make cars

Rediff.com5 Jul 2018

'We will have a well-designed product, and not a compromise.' 'We will make a completely contemporary vehicle, in keeping with consumers' aspirations, not like the Nano, which disappointed them,' Sajjan Jindal tells Shreekant Sambrani.

Budget 2018: An Exercise in Mindlessness

Budget 2018: An Exercise in Mindlessness

Rediff.com4 Feb 2018

'In the final analysis, all Budgets everywhere are like the schemes hatched by A A Milne's lovable Winnie-the-Pooh.' 'They may be well-intended, but often go awry.' 'Although Pooh and his friends agree that he 'has very little brain', he is occasionally acknowledged to have a clever idea, usually driven by common sense.' 'This Budget at a first glance does not appear to belong to that latter category,' says economist Shreekant Sambrani.

Why India needs to thank Nehru

Why India needs to thank Nehru

Rediff.com26 Jan 2018

India's freedom, its rambling but working Constitution, its parliamentary democracy, its lumbering administrative machinery all have many a father, but its greatest claim to fame, especially today, that of being a modern state, is due to but one person: Its first and longest-serving prime minister, Nehru, says Shreekant Sambrani.

Gujarat result: Is Modi listening?

Gujarat result: Is Modi listening?

Rediff.com27 Dec 2017

'The decline in BJP seats tells us that despite the rote incantation of the development mantra, Gujarat is not immune to the economic pain the country is feeling and is telling the ruling party so,' says Shreekant Sambrani.

How Mugabe plunged Zimbabwe into an abyss of despair

How Mugabe plunged Zimbabwe into an abyss of despair

Rediff.com4 Dec 2017

During his 37 year rule, the nation's lush fields became wastelands, disease and hunger became rampant and the economy registered a negative growth of six per cent.

Running to stay in the same place

Running to stay in the same place

Rediff.com19 Oct 2017

We could be on the brink if our export industries actually start losing jobs, says Shreekant Sambrani.

Why blame DeMo and GST? Slowdown was on for over a decade

Why blame DeMo and GST? Slowdown was on for over a decade

Rediff.com12 Oct 2017

Watchdogs of the economy have not been barking and it is high time we noticed it, says Shreekant Sambrani.

Why we need Gandhi and Mandela today

Why we need Gandhi and Mandela today

Rediff.com30 Sep 2017

Religion is but one trait where intolerance manifests itself. We come across 'chosen' races, communities, political ideologies, economic systems, all lending themselves to discriminatory arrangements, which trample the rights of those considered beyond the pale of whatever is the favoured calling.

Why the bullet train makes sense for India

Why the bullet train makes sense for India

Rediff.com27 Sep 2017

Questioning the bullet train in view of the investment needed in Indian Railways is similar to saying that India needed to invest in primary education rather than in IITs, says Shreekant Sambrani.

Decoding Modi's mind

Decoding Modi's mind

Rediff.com20 Sep 2017

Prime Minister Modi will continue to take the nation by surprise, catching his political opponents offguard, says Shreekant Sambrani.

The Reshuffle: What it says about Modi

The Reshuffle: What it says about Modi

Rediff.com4 Sep 2017

'While Piyush Goel, Dharmendra Pradhan, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and a clutch of former bureaucrats including R K Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri and K J Alphons are loyal BJP members, none of them fit the mould of party apparatchiks.' 'In fact, many of the latter kind have been shown the door or have been given reduced charges.' 'That goes to show the prime minister's comfort level in dealing with professionals and administrators and the trust he reposes in them,' says Shreekant Sambrani.

Witness to Freedom

Witness to Freedom

Rediff.com15 Aug 2017

India is free, certainly, and has been so for 70 years. But are Indians free-spirited? asks Shreekant Sambrani.

The role Roger Moore most cherished

The role Roger Moore most cherished

Rediff.com13 Jun 2017

He played James Bond seven times. But the role Roger Moore most cherished was a different one.

New lamps for old, but the genie's missing

New lamps for old, but the genie's missing

Rediff.com21 May 2017

Times without count we have bought more complex procedures in the name of simplification, says Shreekant Sambrani.

How the 'pundits' got everything wrong

How the 'pundits' got everything wrong

Rediff.com22 Mar 2017

Whatever Mr Modi's other shortcomings be, his consistent efforts to motivate have created an aura of positivity, hopefully stable. He has also shown that he is not averse to taking decisions with possibly negative implications for him, says Shreekant Sambrani.

Bharat is in distress

Bharat is in distress

Rediff.com21 Feb 2017

The government is doing things in agriculture that count for little, says Shreekant Sambrani.

The Budget as Budgets should be

The Budget as Budgets should be

Rediff.com1 Feb 2017

'We need to put aside our anxieties about the Budget for now and possibly for long, and carry on as best as we can,' advises Shreekant Sambrani.

Trump's Triumph: The Fear of Others

Trump's Triumph: The Fear of Others

Rediff.com16 Nov 2016

'Competence, experience, matter, did you say?' 'No music was sweeter than the mash of xenophobia, jingoism, racism, misogyny.' 'And the master busker to play the tune was round the corner to capture an eager audience just in the nick of time.' Shreekant Sambrani on the Trump Triumph a week after his upset victory.

How the world was Trumped

How the world was Trumped

Rediff.com9 Nov 2016

'An America at war with itself, groaning under a mounting debt, with woolly-headed economic policies of a neophyte president who is more feared and suspected among the comity of nations does not augur well for the world.' 'It would be well justified in asking,' says Shreekant Sambrani, '"Is this how you expect to make America great again, Mr President?"'

Do America's voters have a choice at all?

Do America's voters have a choice at all?

Rediff.com4 Nov 2016

'The American electorate are forced to choose between a shop-soiled spokesperson of crony establishmentarianism and an outlandish boor of a showman, who should never have been where he is now.'

Big gap between Modi's 'achievements' and reality

Big gap between Modi's 'achievements' and reality

Rediff.com14 Jun 2016

Mr Modi must now work to win over the governor as a friend and learn to influence people credibly.

How the 'outsider' factor led US to the Trump conundrum

How the 'outsider' factor led US to the Trump conundrum

Rediff.com11 May 2016

Trump is the first nominee of a major party in over a century to have no experience whatsoever of any political, administrative or military office.

Coping with water wars

Coping with water wars

Rediff.com12 Apr 2016

The wars of the future will be fought over water and if they occur on large scale, will be far more devastating than any we have seen yet.

Budget 2016: Modi's panacea for rural India is as hopeless as ever

Budget 2016: Modi's panacea for rural India is as hopeless as ever

Rediff.com7 Mar 2016

In spite of Budget's rural focus, the government has consistently stumbled in agriculture, says Shreekant Sambrani.

World powers must use a 'soft' approach to combat ISIS' endless jihad

World powers must use a 'soft' approach to combat ISIS' endless jihad

Rediff.com8 Dec 2015

A 'soft' approach must be nurtured to complement the hard-line of spending billions in physical conflict; that is the only way to 'degrade and destroy' ISIS.

Is India growing? No, development has not reached all corners

Is India growing? No, development has not reached all corners

Rediff.com10 Nov 2015

India must weave a quick-fix formula to ensure growth.

Gujjubhai the great!

Gujjubhai the great!

Rediff.com6 Oct 2015

Gujarat was among the earliest civilisations in the sub-continent, dating back four millennia.

Three game-changing ideas that India ever had in past 50 years

Three game-changing ideas that India ever had in past 50 years

Rediff.com17 Aug 2015

The greatest progress on civil rights in the United States since Abraham Lincoln was under the Southern Democrat Lyndon Johnson, the past master of wheeling and dealing in Congress.

The masterclass and the Budget

The masterclass and the Budget

Rediff.com28 Feb 2015

'The finance minister and the government have met the immediate challenge. The wine this time is new and also in a new bottle, which, though not full, is less than half empty.'

Please, everybody, think beyond Delhi

Please, everybody, think beyond Delhi

Rediff.com10 Feb 2015

'The BJP currently occupies the centre stage of Indian politics, much the way the Congress did in the 1970s. That may be comforting to the party, but it could also be the road to perdition of easy self-congratulation and sycophancy.'

The great Indian addiction

The great Indian addiction

Rediff.com19 Jan 2015

Indians are election junkies, and that includes all of us -- political parties, aspirants for seats, pollsters, pundits parsing straws in the wind, says Shreekant Sambrani

The intricate route from Yojana to NITI

The intricate route from Yojana to NITI

Rediff.com13 Jan 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced its imminent replacement in his Independence Day address, but the new name, structure and key personnel became known only a week ago.

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