A quest for a good society
We seek to support ground-breaking work anchored in networks and movements, to create and strengthen communities that work for their own betterment. We believe that the value of samaaj which is on this quest as beyond measure.Perspective
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A board member of ATREE, the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment.
On the Artificial Recharge of Ground Water Advisory Council of the Union Ministry of Water Resources.
Elected Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.
Contributor to the Eminent Persons Advisory Group of the Competition Commission of India.
Journalism | Books | Television
Rohini Nilekani first started contributing through her writing as a journalist.Explore
“In a socially and economically diverse country like India, we believe civil society plays a key role in voicing the needs and aspirations of different communities”
Resilience, Hope: India in the Time of COVID-19 & Climate Change
This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani in conversation with Jairam Ramesh (former Minister for Environment and Forests) and Navroz Dubash (Professor at the Centre for Policy Research). Moderated by Barkha Dutt, New Worlds is a three-part digital series by the India Climate Collaborative to discuss resilience and recovery in the face of our […]
May 9, 2020|Panel
The World After Covid-19: Unless We Are Alert, The Pandemic Could Become The Last Nail In Individualism’s Coffin
For centuries, individualism or the notion that every human individual has intrinsic value has underlined ideas about societal organisation, the economy and justice. Recently, however, the primacy of the individual’s inalienable rights and freedoms has come under immense pressure. Individualism in the West originated from the Enlightenment. It believes in the moral worth of the […]
Accountability & Transparency
April 3, 2020|Article
Reimagining Abundance in Post COVID-19 India
As people return to life and work post the lockdown, some predictions point to a mad rush to do even more than before. Travel more, buy more, meet more people, eat out more — do more of more. The government too is expected to do more to restore economic growth and livelihoods. Much more is […]
May 22, 2020|Article
The Architecture of Good Markets
Business leader and ex-President of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Naushad Forbes, speaks with former journalist and philanthropist Rohini Nilekani, about what markets must include, whom they should serve, and the role they must play in enabling inclusive economic growth. Transcript 0:00:00.0 Rohini Nilekani: You want government to be able to enable competition and innovation […]
April 14, 2021|Podcast
Close Encounters of the Karia Kind – Rohini Nilekani’s sequel to “Romancing the Black Panther”
After five years of trying to spot the elusive black panther – Karia – of the Kabini forest, Rohini finally finds it. But where? And what happens next? In Part 2 of the talk ‘Romancing the Black Panther’ Rohini Nilekani completes her story about her quest for the black panther, and how it brings her […]
Climate & Biodiversity
April 9, 2021|Others
Rohini Nilekani moderates a discussion on delivering large-scale transformational programs, impact on the ground, and the implementation of such programmes in a large and diverse country like India. The discussion draws on the learnings from the Swachh Bharat Mission, the world’s largest successful behaviour change programme, which drew over 55 crore rural Indians out of […]
April 8, 2021|PanelView All