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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

Rohini’s Comments at The Annual Desh Apnayen Awards Ceremony

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s address at the ACTIZENS awards ceremony hosted by the Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation. In her speech as Chief Guest, Rohini Nilekani discusses how we can harness India’s latent potential to shape extraordinary citizens who will make India the world’s greatest democracy. I want to begin by addressing […]

Apr 6, 2021 | Keynote

Stewards, not Bystanders: Civil Society Creates New Opportunity to Co-Design Cities

Citizens now have more opportunities to take active part in building urban resilience This year, I have been from Bengaluru to Kabini and back several times. Every time I return from the forest and the rural countryside, my eyes and senses hit refresh, and I see my home city with a new perspective. The overwhelming […]

Dec 2, 2020 | Article

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 […]

Oct 5, 2020 | Article

How Samaaj Impacts the way in Which Sarkaar and Bazaar Work

This is an edited version of a talk Rohini Nilekani gave at the offices of the eGovernments Foundation on how samaaj impacts the way in which sarkaar and bazaar work, and the role of samaaj in eGov’s mission. The Continuum of Samaaj, Sarkaar, and Bazaar Since the past 25 years, I’ve been deeply involved in […]

Jul 22, 2019 | Keynote

New indignation, new alignment

Sometimes, it seems as though much of the world is trying to crowd into Bangalore. Hold that thought. At almost seven million, our population in this city is already more than the population of new-age countries such as Ireland, and almost half of that of Chile. View PDF

Sep 23, 2015 | Article

Are you Worthy of Good Governance?

In a democratic nation state, citizens rely on their elected representatives, together with many public institutions, to help ensure a good quality of life. But when our individual aspirations rise higher than their collective capability, we sense a crisis of governance. Yet governance, no matter how you define it, is about more than government and […]

Nov 1, 2013 | Article