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Childhood Interrupted

A discussion that looks at the impact of the pandemic on children, especially between ages 8 to 18. How have the various restrictions imposed affected their routines, their mental make-up? How will it affect their future? Will this become the lost generation What can we do to prevent it, both at the level of the […]

Sep 17, 2020 | Panel

Covid Cured: Recording the Recovery

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s conversation with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Anshu Gupta, and Theja Ram about how they coped with COVID-19 and what they learnt about the disease, the health care system, and society in the pandemic.   As of September 5, approximately 27 million people were confirmed to have been infected […]

Sep 6, 2020 | Panel

Grey Matters – Conversations with Women Leaders Defying Ageism in the Pandemic

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s conversation with Arundhati Nag, Geetha Narayanan, Nirupama Menon Rao, and Rekha Menon on defying agism in the pandemic. In this session on BIC Streams: Grey Matters, these iconic Bengaluru women, now in their 60’s or more address issues of ageism, sexism, and the uncharted future. As leaders […]

Aug 12, 2020 | Panel

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

This is an edited version of a panel discussion on “Home Work: Imagining a New Deal with Domestic Workers” with Geeta Menon, Amita Baviskar, Alok Prasanna, and Vikram Rai, in conversation with Rohini Nilekani. The event was hosted by the Bangalore International Centre. Globally, one out of every 25 women is employed as a domestic […]

May 8, 2020 | Panel

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

This is an edited version of a panel discussion moderated by Rohini Nilekani, on the city’s hope for a new normal post COVID-19. The focus is on what we have learnt from the pandemic, why it is worth preserving and, most importantly, how that good can be preserved, post lock down. The panel included Nitin […]

Apr 30, 2020 | Panel

Community Cares: A City Responds

This is an edited version of a conversation about the community response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, moderated by Rohini Nilekani. Panelists include Anshu Gupta, Nalini Sekhar and Kuldeep Dantewadia. The times we are living in, and the reality of COVID-19, means that we are being called on to do things in new ways and […]

Apr 3, 2020 | Panel

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