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Rohini Nilekani | Casual Conversations with Citizens

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s conversation with Gopal Sankaranarayanan, as part of the Casual Conversations with Citizens series. Rohini shares her experiences of life and encounters with the law, rights, and most importantly, her ideas of justice. Both my grandparents have inspired me a lot. My grandfather, Babasaheb Soman, was from the […]

May 31, 2020 | Interview

Corporates Should Support the Rule of Law

The time has come to align self-interest and public interest in support of the rule of law and constitutional values. I have often talked about the continuum of sarkaar, samaaj, and bazaar, and why, for a successful society, these three sectors must work together in a fine balance. Ideally, sarkaar, or the state, should not […]

Jan 16, 2020 | Article

Good laws make good societies: Unfortunately, we now have a spate of excessive legislation that criminalises ordinary citizens

The Union Cabinet recently cleared amendments to the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The amendments, according to reports, expand the list of those responsible for looking after aged family members. Now not just biological children, but also sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, adoptive and stepchildren will be liable. Official caregivers who fail to […]

Dec 13, 2019 | Article

सजा बदला लेने को नहीं, सुधार के लिए दी जाए

जरूरत… सभी नागरिक उस सिस्टम को समझें जो अपराध और सजा को लेकर कानून स्थापित करता है पिछले साल विजय माल्या के वकील ने इंग्लैंड की सरकार से आर्थर रोड जेल की भयावह स्थिति पर विचार करने को कहा था। वकील ने उस नियम का हवाला दिया था, जिसमें प्रत्यर्पित किए जाने वाले व्यक्ति के […]

Jul 27, 2019 | Article

Samaaj and Bazaar: Congruence over Divergence

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s keynote talk on Samaaj and Bazaar: Congruence over Divergence at Dasra Philanthropy Week 2019 in Mumbai. We often set up Civil Society (Samaaj) and Markets (Bazaar) as opposing binaries. In this talk, Rohini proposes that they have more in common and more to gain, collectively, in collaborating […]

Mar 8, 2019 | Keynote

Simple Interpretation – Laws are Intimidating

Laws are intimidating. They’re full of jargon, and it’s impossible for the uninitiated to find out exactly what law applies in which situation. What India needs is a one-stop resource, where laws are documented, easily accessed and simply explained. This is the vacuum that Nyaaya seeks to fill. The lawyer and engineer-run non-profit is building […]

Nov 17, 2016 | Interview

Fast Track Justice Needed

ET Exclusive with Yasmin Premji, Rohini Nilekani, Sudha Murthy “Fast Track justice needed”   Transcript 00:00 Speaker 1: By the time when India Inc. Is struggling to rope-in more women in the workforce and also ensure their safety, the first wives of the industry, Yathleen Praymti, Sutha Munthi, and Drogani Lilicani, spoke exclusively to Ithinaust […]

Dec 27, 2012 | Panel