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
‘महिलाओं के साथ पुरुषों में भी आत्मविश्वास जगाना होगा हमें’
हाल ही मैकिंजी ग्लोबल इंस्टीट्यूट की एक रिपोर्ट आई थी, जिसके मुताबिक महिलाओं को कोविड-19 से जुड़ी आर्थिक और सामाजिक समस्याओं का सामना सबसे ज्यादा करना पड़ा है। उसकी वजह यही है कि वे लैंगिक भेदभाव का शिकार सबसे ज्यादा होती हैं लेकिन लैंगिक भेदभाव ने कोविड से जन्म नहीं लिया है। यह परिस्थिति इसलिए […]
Young Men & Boys
October 18, 2020|Article
Booked & Hooked: Bringing Stories to Every Child | Keynote Address at Neev Book Award 2020 Special
Rohini Nilekani’s Keynote Address at the Neev Book Award 2020 Special. The title of her talk is “Booked & Hooked: Bringing Stories to Every Child” Transcript Namaste and good morning, book lovers. It is truly a pleasure and an honour to be giving this keynote address at the Neev Literature Festival, and to be taking […]
October 10, 2020|Keynote
Daan Utsav: Investing For A Better ‘Samaaj’
From the beginning of October and through the end of December, our minds are more attuned to giving and sharing. The giving season starts with Gandhi’s birthday and goes on well past Christmas. In between, there are many festivals of sharing, and gratitude, including Dassera and Diwali.India’s Daan Utsav is well-timed to enhance the feeling […]
October 5, 2020|ArticleView All