All stories by Subir Roy
Guess who Indira Gandhi's political heir isRediff.com20 Jan 2018
'Some BJP old timers have remarked that the BJP is now driven by its own high command, the way the Congress was under Mrs Gandhi, says Subir Roy.
Gau raksha has replaced sabka vikasRediff.com8 Jun 2017
If the fight against black money seems half hearted, the same is not the case with gau raksha, says Subir Roy.
IT job losses: Companies ready, but what about the government?Rediff.com26 May 2017
While Indian IT has known what is coming and has a strategy ready to combat it, the same can't be said about the country and the government.
What could a runaway and someone from the landed gentry have in common?Rediff.com12 May 2017
Kolkata Gives brings together the city's philanthropists and deserving NGOs in a structured interface. Subir Roy walks away with fascinating stories from this year's do.
Has the promise of 'sabka vikas' failed?Rediff.com3 May 2017
While the widespread feeling is that employment growth has been sluggish, some argue that, since sabka vikas slogan will most probably not deliver, Mr Modi and the BJP are going in for an unambiguous strategy of Hindu consolidation, says Subir Roy.
How Indians worship, yet neglect, the cowRediff.com13 Apr 2017
If I were a cow worshipper, I would make it a serious criminal offence for someone to allow his cattle to roam city streets unattended and also consider it my god-given duty to put every single cow, particularly the aged and infirm which have been put out to grass by their owners, in socially or publicly funded goshalas, says Subir Roy.
Why doctors dislike Bengal's new health lawRediff.com31 Mar 2017
They say new rules that make over-billing by private hospitals a criminal offence will hurt their ability to treat patients properly, says Subir Roy.
The joys of bazaar shoppingRediff.com18 Mar 2017
The real challenge, says Subir Roy, is to go for something affordable whose quality is just right.
Ruchira Gupta: The icon we called 'Kiddy'Rediff.com14 Feb 2017
When Subir Roy met Ruchira Gupta at The Telegraph 35 years ago she was not quite 20 and not a graduate. Today she is the indomitable founder of Apne Aap, which has touched the lives of over 21,000 women who were victims of sex trafficking.
Who moved my single malt?Rediff.com22 Dec 2016
Why do cherished -- and affordable -- Indian whisky brands like Peter Scot, Solan Number One, and now McDowell's Single Malt keep disappearing? Subir Roy mourns the loss of flavour.
Modiji, how can these Indians cope with the note ban?Rediff.com16 Dec 2016
How are the illiterate and aged coping with Modi's demonetisation, wonders Subir Roy.
Is Modi on a moral crusade or pursuing a political strategy?Rediff.com23 Nov 2016
What is the wider political strategy behind Mr Modi's concerted attack on black money, asks Subir Roy.
Posh homes, ghastly roads. Kolkata's peri-urban nightmareRediff.com10 Oct 2016
Kolkata need not feel inferior as it has its own "alive only at weekends" Lavasa, says Subir Roy.
The changing times of Durga PujaRediff.com4 Oct 2016
'Perhaps the greatest curse that modern technology has inflicted on the people during the pujas is powerful public address systems that blare out songs which you have no option but to listen to,' says Subir Roy.
Ending the Railway Budget, a step in the right directionRediff.com2 Sep 2016
The best way for the railways to become more professional will be to get corporatised.
Ending Rail Budget is Mr Prabhu's first step in the right directionRediff.com31 Aug 2016
He has now to show that he can take on the vested interests within the railways which are resisting change through corporatisation
The Uber vs Ola mahayudhRediff.com29 Aug 2016
The whole point about this is not who eventually wins or loses but how, in just a few years, technology has so changed our lives, says Subir Roy.
The big loopholes in India's smart cities planRediff.com20 Jul 2016
India's cities are bursting at the seams because poor people are migrating to them in search of work.
Post offices in a brave new worldRediff.com10 May 2016
'He was asked to do the KYC again because the earlier exercise would not do as they were 'computerising.' 'Getting the records transferred to the reluctant computer would take time and so he was advised to come a few weeks later.' 'My only prayer is that post offices will survive the modernisation process with at least some customer base intact,' says Subir Roy.
EPF issue: What led to so many U-turns?Rediff.com4 May 2016
EPF is the major vehicle for the long-term savings of organised private sector employees.
Why the Nano is a killer carRediff.com26 Apr 2016
TCS meets bump on digital highwayRediff.com20 Apr 2016
The challenge before TCS is to be totally at home with the IPR regime of developed economies.
A revamp of the Medical Council of India would be a welcome moveRediff.com6 Apr 2016
A recent report by the parliamentary standing committee on health and family planning pulled no punches on the abysmal state and poor functioning of the Medical Council of India.
Editors I have knownRediff.com5 Apr 2016
'There are different ways in which some are lucky through their lives. My great boon has been serendipity,' says Subir Roy.
What ails our cities?Rediff.com23 Mar 2016
Reforms do happen and one example is Odisha which has taken steps to create a dedicated municipal cadre.
Tadoba holds its own among star tiger reservesRediff.com21 Mar 2016
'In Tadoba many of them have names -- Sonam, Shivaji, Maya and Tara.' 'Their territories are precisely demarcated on the map, and it is to the waterhole that we all troupe, to stay put till the lord or her ladyship deign to put in an appearance.' Subir Roy on a visit to the the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Protecting privacy in democraciesRediff.com10 Mar 2016
It is important to track what is happening in the rest of the world to be able to develop in India the best possible protection for citizens' fundamental right to privacy -- becoming for a country which prides itself on being the largest functioning democracy in the world.
Indian lessons from Wall Street hereticRediff.com10 Feb 2016
Classically, the Japanese - who are not guided by short-termism - added capacity during slumps to be ready to reap their good fortune when the business cycle turned upwards again and shortages emerged, says Subir Roy.
Cloudy future for Kolkata's great roadside teaRediff.com9 Jan 2016
Just as unregulated unauthorised hawkers and their shops can kill a city, some space needs to be carved out for distinctive affordable street food, says Shubir Roy.
Not another reception, please!Rediff.com30 Dec 2015
'On presents, deciding what will pass muster, considering the closeness of the people concerned and the state of the wallet, is one headache,' says Subir Roy.
If pay panels can't bring about systemic changes, why have them?Rediff.com2 Dec 2015
The more market driven the economy becomes, the more its government sector should function in its basics like the rest of the economy.
To save Delhi, first neglect itRediff.com16 Nov 2015
Few reforms can make Delhi a better place to live in, says an expert.
Lessons for 'Make in India' to become a real successRediff.com21 Oct 2015
What India should not do is take the path China took at one stage to become the world's foremost cheap factory, says Subir Roy.
Flyovers: Big money guzzlers that fail to solve traffic problemsRediff.com20 Oct 2015
It should be clear to all that flyovers don't solve urban traffic problems, says Subir Gokarn.
Why India's commitment to climate change may not be a cakewalkRediff.com7 Oct 2015
India has promised to reduce the emission intensity of its growth by 33-35 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.
Why upcoming small banks will change the banking landscapeRediff.com23 Sep 2015
The awarding of in-principle licences for 10 small finance banks is likely to be a game changer in a way which may not be adequately realised right now.
India's banks on the cusp of a revolution? Wait and watchRediff.com26 Aug 2015
One can expect significant changes at India's banks in ensuing months.
India remains mostly rural and poorRediff.com15 Jul 2015
Less than half of rural households are engaged in agriculture.
Acche din: Is it only full of sound and fury?Rediff.com1 Jul 2015
The pre-dawn signals are on the balance negative.
Layoffs rampant in India? Read how other nations deal with itRediff.com17 Jun 2015
Temporary workers not only lack job security, they get less pay and an inferior overall package.