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Rohini Nilekani, Ravi Venkatesan and Friends: Reimagining Abundance

We are at an unprecedented crossroads in human history. How we will respond? We believe that acts of courageous kindness we’re seeing today will far outlive the Coronavirus, and if enough of us keep that flame alive in our consciousness, it could usher a new era for our future. Awakin Talks is a series of […]

May 24, 2020 | Panel

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

Settlers Unsettled: How can Bengaluru Retain its Dynamic Workforce?

Bangalore is a city of migrants. But we do not know yet how many of them have left the city in the wake of the pandemic. With the lockdown partially lifted, many more may want to return home. There are indications that they may not wish to hurry back. The idea of home has never […]

May 13, 2020 | Panel

Home Work: Imagining a New Deal with Domestic Workers

In this session Rohini moderates a conversation that uncovers both the problems and the possibilities in the relationship between employer and worker. The panels attempts to flip the lens so that we can see the employers’ households from the eyes of the domestic worker; explores whether their rights are well understood and where the law […]

May 8, 2020 | Panel

Keep the Change: Can Bengaluru Sustain the Lessons of the Pandemic

In this session, Rohini moderates a panel discussing the city’s hope for a new normal post COVID-19. She asks her panelists how we can sustain the good change many citizens experienced? How can we make sure that we also include those for whom the change seemed negative? The focus is on what we learnt, why […]

Apr 30, 2020 | Panel

संविधान का वादा पूरा करने का अवसर

अधिकार… हर व्यक्ति को सामाजिक, आर्थिक, राजनीतिक स्वतंत्रता और न्याय की सुरक्षा ससम्मान मिले मैं कई बार सरकार, समाज और बाजार की निरंतरता के बारे में बात करती हूं। एक सफल समाज के लिए क्याें इन तीनों का सामंजस्य बनाकर साथ काम करना जरूरी है। आदर्श तौर पर सरकार या राज्य को अपने पास अत्यधिक […]

Jan 24, 2020 | Article

अब वक्त हो चला है “बॉडी इंटेलिजेंस’ बढ़ाने का

चुनौती… देश को स्वस्थ बनाने के लिए हर एक को जागरूक होना होगा, सरकार सभी को स्वस्थ नहीं रख सकती पतंजलि योगसूत्र का एक सुंदर कथन है ‘हेयं दुखम् अनागतम’, अर्थात दुख आने से पहले ही उसे रोक देना चाहिए। शायद इसी से प्रेरित होकर आधुनिक योग के प्रणेता गुरुजी बी के एस आयंगर ने […]

Aug 24, 2019 | Article

Bangalore’s Shapeshifts: A Personal Journey

This is an edited version of a talk Rohini Nilekani gave as part of a curated series called ‘Speaking of the City,’ curated by Bangalore’s World-Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program at Shoonya. Rohini talks about the city’s role in her work as a philanthropist and social innovator.     An Accidental Bangalorean It’s been 35 years […]

Jun 14, 2019 | Keynote

Our society has become so unequal. The wealthy need to be taxed more, says Rohini Nilekani

Rohini Nilekani is a bit nervous that people might have “an overdose of the Nilekanis” as she and her husband Nandan have been in the news all week for having signed the Giving Pledge, committing half their wealth — about $1.7bn — to philanthropy. She believes philanthropy isn’t just about giving but is also a […]

Nov 26, 2017 | Interview