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Building the Indian philanthropic sector – what can we learn? | India Conference at Harvard 2021

Rohini Nilekani’s interaction at the Harvard India Conference 2021 Transcript 0:00:11.2 Burjis Godrej: Welcome to the philanthropy keynote of Harvard India Conference 2021. I’m Burjis Godrej, I’m a second year student at Harvard Business School. A few housekeeping items for today. During the session, please put your questions in the Q&A box at the bottom, […]

Feb 21, 2021 | Interview

“Gandhi’s timeless inspiration to Mission Leaders” with Ramachandra Guha

This is an edited version of a conversation with Ramchandra Guha and Rohini Nilekani. They discuss how Gandhi shaped his intent and life to fulfil his various goals of individual freedom and agency, a true Swarajya, and how he achieved impact at scale. Many of the choices he grappled with are relevant to us today. […]

Dec 8, 2020 | Interview

Rohini Nilekani Comments on #REVIVEIndia

Namaste. For years now, I’ve been thinking about how should we all come together to reduce the friction to collaborate between Samaj, Bazaar and Sarkar. Because one thing has become very clear to all of us, right? Because of this pandemic, especially, that unless these three sectors can collaborate more seamlessly, there is no way […]

Nov 5, 2020 | Interview

Rohini Nilekani on Technology and Education

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s interview on the importance of digital-led education and early childhood learning, on Pratham’s 25th anniversary. Every child deserves education as a fundamental right in this country. But even today, we are not able to guarantee that right for all the children in India. The journey of bringing […]

Mar 9, 2020 | Interview

ASER 2019 Launch

 This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s conversation with Pratham co-founder, Dr. Madhav Chavan, on the ASER 2019 report. It’s been 20 years since I have been part of the Pratham family, and when we started our work in Karnataka what I enjoyed most was working at the Balwadis with the children and […]

Jan 24, 2020 | Interview

Interview: What Shall We Do With All This Money?

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s interview with Jayesh A Parekh, from a chapter in his book, What Shall We Do With All This Money? – Inspiring perspectives on Wealth As someone who grew up in a normal, middle-class family, my parents instilled in us values about wealth that prioritised giving rather than […]

Dec 6, 2019 | Interview

Our Cities, Our Rivers: Re-imagining the Relationship

As 1.3 billion people seek better lives in a monsoon-dependent economy, the white and green revolutions may have produced grains and milk, but water is in some parts of India today more expensive and less accessible than milk. Ground water resources are depleting. NIITI Ayog sees a crisis by 2020. Where do we stand? How […]

Feb 9, 2019 | Interview

India’s Uber Rich: How they Should Behave.

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s conversation with Vikram Singh Mehta at the 2016 Times Lit Fest in Delhi. When my family happened to get rich a few years ago, I had to grapple with the question of what to do with this wealth. As someone who was a journalist, and who grew […]

Dec 23, 2016 | Interview