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Keeping the Hope Unbroken

It was wonderful to read the thoughtful, frank reflections of so many younger philanthropists on the future of philanthropy. What struck me the most was that almost everyone acknowledged the need to shift and broaden the centres of power, both within philanthropy and in society. It is a great irony that big philanthropy is made […]

Sep 1, 2021 | Article

Charcha 2021 Plenary: Samaaj, Sarkaar and Bazaar for India’s Development

This plenary sessions focusses on the role of the three pillars – government, business and civil society in enabling India’s development, the major challenges faced by each, the key points of intersection, and how the collaboration between Samaaj, Sarkar and Bazaar can be strengthened. Transcript: 0:00:00.0 Nappina Sampath: Good afternoon and a warm welcome again […]

Aug 13, 2021 | Panel

What India Inc can learn from non-profits | Livemint

Rohini Nilekani, who has stepped down as Arghyam Foundation chairperson, talks about how corporates can make social accountability part of their mission By Shalini Umachandran for Livemint There’s no secret, quick fix formula to changing habits. It takes years, even decades, to break out of established patterns of behaviour, but philanthropist Rohini Nilekani believes the pandemic has shown […]

Jul 12, 2021 | Interview

The World This Week – Children’s Magazine

Rohini Nilekani is the Founder-Chairperson of Arghyam, a foundation she set up for sustainable water and sanitation, which funds initiatives all across India. From 2004 to 2014, she was Founder-Chairperson and chief funder of Pratham Books, a non-profit children’s publisher that reached millions of children during her tenure. She has written several books for young children, published […]

Jul 6, 2021 | Interview

Press Release: Arghyam Announces the Retirement of Rohini Nilekani as the Chairperson

Arghyam announces the retirement of Rohini Nilekani as the Chairperson; Sunita Nadhamuni is appointed as the new Chairperson Since its inception, Arghyam has operated via an endowment of Rs 150 CR provided by Ms Rohini Nilekani in her personal capacity. Bengaluru, June 28, 2021: Arghyam Foundation announced that Rohini Nilekani has decided to retire from […]

Jun 28, 2021 | Interview

Why Shutting Down Reserves to Prevent Covid Transmission to Tigers is a Questionable Move

A blanket ban could endanger wildlife and human livelihoods. India must seize opportunity to innovate to live with and reduce the risk from the inevitable future contagion * India’s Project Tiger is a success by any measure. Our 51 tiger reserves now boast of at least 3,000 tigers. More and more Indians flock to safari […]

Jun 14, 2021 | Article

Closing Event at Contagion – Science Gallery Bengaluru

Phase one of Science Gallery Bengaluru’s exhibition-season CONTAGION phase came to a close Sunday 13 June, 2021, with closing remarks by Rohini Nilekani. The COVID-19 pandemic has sent alarm bells ringing throughout the world. While we have witnessed great socio-political and economic turbulence since the start of this pandemic, we’ve also seen a renewal of […]

Jun 13, 2021 | Keynote

Laws and criminal justice: Where the Indian Elite can’t Secede

It is extremely important that the Supreme Court is re-examining colonial era sedition laws, which were repealed in the United Kingdom (UK) itself, but which no government in India has revoked, and in fact, each has used to stifle dissent. Sedition laws, however, are at the apex of a mountain of laws that need to be examined […]

Jun 10, 2021 | Article

The Cerebration Podcast: Expert Talk with Rohini Nilekani on Restore Agency

This is an edited version of an episode of the Cerebration Podcast, a co-learning series hosted by ShikshaLokam in collaboration with the Societal platform team. In this episode, Rohini Nilekani discusses the idea of restoring agency and how to become an agent for change. * From a very young age, I was interested in how […]

Jun 5, 2021 | Podcast

Uncommon Ground | Playbook & Manual

Uncommon Ground is a movement co-created by Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies and the CAMP Centre for Arbitration and Mediation practice, that is centered around the value that the balance between samaaj, sarkaar and bazaar (society, government and business) needs to be reestablished through processes of dialogue and exchange that are embedded as a way of working […]

Jun 3, 2021 | Report