Nov 15, 2018
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Asia’s 2018 Heroes Of Philanthropy: Putting Wealth To A Good Cause

Nandan & Rohini Nilekani, 63, 59. Cofounder, Infosys; founder, Arghyam Pledged to donate 50% of their wealth in November 2017 under the Giving Pledge and said, “Wealth comes with huge [...]
Nov 15, 2018
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Among the newly rich, the idea of social philanthropy is just settling in, says Rohini Nilekani, wife of tech billionaire and Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani and founder of Arghyam, a [...]
Aug 10, 2018
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The capricious nature of groundwater has resulted in so much exploitation and overuse that we now have a consistent crisis. Presenting a roadmap for groundwater governance and information transparency using [...]
Jun 01, 2018
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Nandan Nilekani and Rohini Nilekani have pledged half their wealth for Philanthrophy. View PDF
Mar 22, 2018
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With the summer looming, water comes more easily to the urban mind. Even for those who had been reasonably secure all year long, it is an uncertain time. Maybe it [...]
You cannot walk or drive more than a few metres in any Indian city without encountering mounds of rubbish. Even in our villages, you will find garbage billowing around fields, [...]
Dec 30, 2017
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The super-rich must not just be super-generous but also be seen to be super-generous, to inspire more people to give. TurningPoint: India is giving more at this stage of its [...]
Dec 13, 2017
Article
We need to turn to the 200 million young men of India with as much urgency and focus as we spend on the millions of young women in the country. Every [...]
Dec 05, 2017
Interview
Rohini Nilekani on why she and her husband Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani signed up for Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge initiative. In a phone interview from Bengaluru, Rohini Nilekani [...]
Dec 01, 2017
Article
With four Bengalureans being the only Indian signatories to Bill Gates’ Giving Pledge, the IT city could very well be the philanthropy capital of the country. Representatives of India Inc [...]
Nov 26, 2017
Interview
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 [...]
Nov 21, 2017
Article
BENGALURU: Infosys co-founder and tech billionaire Nandan Nilekani and his wife Rohini Nilekani have joined ‘The Giving Pledge’, an elite network of the world’s wealthiest individuals committing half their wealth [...]
Nov 21, 2017
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Infosys co-founder and Chairman Nandan Nilekani and his wife Rohini Nilekani have decided to pledge half of their wealth for philanthropy. With this, the Nilekani has become the fourth Indian [...]
Nov 21, 2017
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Infosys co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman Nandan Nilekani and his wife Rohini Nilekani have pledged to donate half of their wealth to philanthropy. The Nilekanis had announced their decision to donate [...]
Nov 21, 2017
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Infosys co-founder and Chairman Nandan Nilekani and his wife Rohini Nilekani have decided to pledge half of their wealth for philanthropy. With this, the Nilekani family has become the fourth [...]
Nov 21, 2017
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Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani and wife Rohini have pledged to donate 50 percent of their wealth under Giving Pledge- a movement initiated by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Melinda Gates. [...]
Nov 20, 2017
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The Nilekanis are the fourth Indians after Wipro chairman Azim Premji, Biocon chairman Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Sobha Developers Chairman Emeritus P N C Menon to sign up for The Giving [...]
Nov 20, 2017
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Infosys non-executive chairman Nandan Nilekani and his wife Rohini have joined the growing list of billionaires who have committed to give away at least half of their wealth to philanthropic [...]
Nov 20, 2017
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Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani and wife Rohini will donate 50 percent of their wealth under Giving Pledge- a movement initiated by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Melinda Gates. With this, [...]
Nov 20, 2017
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Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani and wife Rohini have pledged part of their wealth to charity, joining the ‘Giving Pledge’ movement initiated by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Melinda Gates where [...]
Nov 19, 2017
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Seven years after Bill Gates pioneered the Giving Pledge, 171 ultra-wealthy people have vowed to give away at least half their wealth. Nandan and Rohini Nilekani have just become the [...]
Oct 03, 2017
Article
believe that events Like #GivingTuesdaylndia and Daan Utsav are ways for us to reach beyond ourselves. In a country where far too many people are still waiting to experience economic [...]
Sep 01, 2017
Report
There is a growing interest among philanthropists and changemakers to explore opportunities to drive positive change in the field of mental health.   View PDF
May 17, 2017
Report
The Forum for Environmental Journalists in India and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment have partnered to implement three years of journalism fellowships in India. Over the [...]
Feb 12, 2017
Interview
“The city is not inclusive. The elite and the poor have different ideas and their interests often compete with each other, leaving fewer means for them to protest together. That [...]
Feb 01, 2017
Interview
TWO DECADES OF GIVING HAVE TAUGHT PHILANTHROPIST ROHINI NILEKANI THE VALUE OF PURSUING UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACHES TO TACKLING SOCIAL PROBLEMS. View PDF
Dec 01, 2016
Article
EkStep Mission: Improve literacy and numeracy by increasing access to learning opportunities for tens of millions of children in five years. View PDF
Nov 03, 2016
Interview
Interview – Rohini Nilekani. Rohini Nilekani is one of India’s most prominent and outspoken philanthropists. She talks to Alliance editor Charles Keidan about how she gives and to whom; why, [...]
Oct 21, 2016
Article
An emotional link to their roots means causes in the homeland are a principal target for their philanthropic funding. “Certainly they have been giving to charities that are close to [...]
Oct 04, 2016
Interview
Philanthropist Rohini Nilekani on how the wealthy can be persuaded to give more to charity, importance of natural resources to improve living standards, and the India Philanthropy Initiative. View PDF
Jul 30, 2016
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A healthy debate on the impact of unbridled development was a key takeaway from the launch ofAmitav Ghosh’s latest book. Concern about the climate Was the focus. View PDF
Jul 28, 2016
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The author was in conversation with Rohini Nilekani, chairperson, Arghyam Foundation, R Sukumar, Professor, Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc, J Srinivasan, Professor, Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, R Sukumar, [...]
Jun 23, 2016
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Rohini Nilekani and Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Shatrughan Singh at a workshop on ‘Reviving springs in Uttarakhand’ organised by the Peoples Science Institute in Dehradun on Wednesday. “Drinking water shortage will [...]
Mar 12, 2016
Article
While her husband sells Brand India Abroad, ROHINI Improves things at the Grassroots. The Journalist-turned-novelist-turned-philanthropist has been spending personal money and time on causes close ot her heart. View PDF
Jan 01, 2016
Book
Sringeri Srinivas Learns to Laugh – Pratham Books. This is a Level 2 book for children who recognize familiar words and can read new words with help. View PDF
Oct 06, 2015
Article
Two couples tell us giving decisions are about taking risks and proactively formulating a strategy. We have met inspiring philanthropists—whether it’s Arghyam chairperson Rohini Nilekani’s passion for the cause of [...]
Jun 04, 2015
Article
When a government limits the freedom of NGOs to criticize, as seems to be happening now, it prevents them from doing what it needs them to do. The world over, [...]
Mar 19, 2015
Article
Good governance, no matter how you define it, is about more than govt and its institutions. Its about citizens investing and engaging in transformation process. View PDF
Jan 09, 2015
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THE CAUSE AND THE EFFECT: Celebrating the best of philanthropy in India. These are the winners of the Forbes India Philanthropy Awards 2014, chosen by our eminent jury comprising Narayanan Vaghul (jury chair and former [...]
Jan 01, 2015
Book
The little boy in this story wants to do something now, but all his elders say NOT NOW! Do you get angry when someone says that to you? This is [...]
Jan 01, 2015
Book
Each of us has a wonderful body. But have you ever listened to what it tells you?. This is a Level 2 book for children who recognize familiar words and [...]
Jan 01, 2015
Book
No one wanted to buy the sweet bananas that Sringeri Srinivas grew on his farm. Find out what he did with them in this cute story. This is a Level [...]
Jan 01, 2014
Book
Too Much Noise – Pratham Books – Children’s Books This is a Level 2 book for children who recognize familiar words and can read new words with help. View PDF
Oct 17, 2013
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The Legends These are the stories about supernatural beings. Personalities who devote their life for the right cause to the world. Just take a tour of their amazing work … [...]
Sep 08, 2013
Interview
BANGALORE: One story was narrated to hundreds of children across the country on Saturday, thanks to the initiative of Pratham Books, headed by Rohini Nilekani. Rohini speaks to STOI on [...]
Aug 23, 2013
Interview
The work of governments and ngos over the past two decades has certainly helped millions of children, all first-generation learners, get into school and take their first steps towards reading. [...]
Aug 12, 2013
Article
Experts see mixed blessings from new company law; some say the move will result in rise in CSR consulting. The CSR provisions could have a “cascading impact” on philanthropy, according [...]
Jun 22, 2013
Article
While the debate over an eco-sensitive zone rages, Uttarakhand has not even defined minimum environmental flows for its rivers. Uttarakhand is rightly termed the abode of the gods, with its [...]
Oct 26, 2012
Interview
In case you missed it, the Christian Science Monitor recently published a wonderfully inspiring story about Rohini Nilekani, the Bangalore based philanthropist who founded Pratham Books, a nonprofit publishing company [...]
Oct 11, 2012
Interview
When she found herself suddenly wealthy, the Indian philanthropist founded Pratham Books, a nonprofit publisher that uses innovative ways to put low-cost books in the hands of millions of kids. [...]
Sep 08, 2012
Article
To keep its date with the International Literacy Day Pratham Books, an NGO in the space of literacy is attempting to bring together children from across the country in a uhique book reading endeavour. Says [...]
Jan 31, 2012
Interview
SMART SUMMARY: In 2008, United Airlines allegedly broke a $3500 custom made guitar belonging to Canadian musician Dave Carroll. Following many rounds of fruitless dialog, during which the company’s managers [...]
Jan 29, 2012
Article
This book of conversations between people holding different points of view has a deliberately misleading title. Because Rohini Nilekani has managed to show that in the most uncommon of grounds, [...]
Jan 25, 2012
Interview
Modern society is classified into different segments. First you have the state, as represented by elected officials and lawmakers, politicians, ministers, bureaucrats and other organs of the state. Then there [...]
Dec 10, 2011
Article
The social responsibility of A business is to increase its profits,” wrote Friedman in the New York Times magazine in 1970. While there’d be fewer takers of his doctrine in [...]
Dec 04, 2011
Article
No servant can serve two masters: for either he wall hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You [...]
Nov 23, 2011
Article
Uncommon Ground – Rohini Nilekani – Penguin Books. Business Standard. View PDF
Nov 12, 2011
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Uncommon Ground – by Rohini Nilekani. The Pioneer. View PDF
Oct 31, 2011
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Uncommon Ground – Dialogues Between Business and Social Leaders: Rohini Nilekani. The Hindu. View PDF
Oct 29, 2011
Article
Solutions remain elusive as industry and civil society leaders grapple with issues. View PDF
Oct 19, 2011
Article
Penguin Books India cordially invites you to the launch of Uncommon Ground – Dialogues between Business and Social leaders – by Rohini Nilekani, on Thursday 20 October 2011 at 7.00 [...]
Oct 17, 2011
Article
It’s not often that one sees the city’s movers and shakers in attendance at an event. So it was little surprise to find the IT industry’s heavyweights thronging this hotel [...]
Oct 15, 2011
Interview
in the third of Mint’s “Joy Of Giving Week” interview series, Rohini Nilekani, chairperson and founder of Arghyam, talks about the foundation she set up to address the problem of one of India’s scarcest resources—water. [...]
Oct 15, 2011
Article
Uncommon Ground – Dialogues between Business and Social Leaders. ROHINI NILEKANI – PENGUIN VIKING. View PDF
Oct 15, 2011
Article
The author brings together titans of industry and leaders of civil society to explore eight themes relevant to India’s development. View PDF
Oct 15, 2011
Article
Uncommon Ground brings together titans of industry and leaders of civil society to explore eight themes that are highly relevant for our future development. Based on RohiniNilekani’s 2008 television show. [...]
Oct 14, 2011
Article
“I think the Anna Hazare movement for Jan Lokpal Bill was good but the focus got lost somewhere,” said Harish Hande, the 2011 Magsaysay award winner. Hande was speaking at the launch of ‘Uncommon Ground’, authored by Rohini [...]
Oct 14, 2011
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Rich in insights, Uncommon Ground highlights the critical importance of dialogue in our democracy to create a shared vision of the future. View PDF
Oct 13, 2011
Article
I think the Anna Hazare movement for Jan Lokpal Bill was good but the focus got lost somewhere,” said Harish Hande, the 2011 Magsaysay award winner. Hande was speaking at [...]
Oct 13, 2011
Article
Rohini Nilekani’s book, ‘Uncommon Ground: Dialogues between business and social leaders’ was launched here on Thursday. The book stemmed from the author’s 2008 television series of the same name on [...]
Oct 13, 2011
Article
Rohini Nilekani, author of Uncommon Ground, with Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy and Sudha Murty at the launch of the book in Bangalore on Thursday. View PDF
Oct 12, 2011
Interview
There has to be a fine balance between society, government and the market – samaj, sarkar and bazaar. I attempted to seek that balance through a dialogue between samaj and [...]
Oct 12, 2011
Interview
In 2008, Rohini Nilekani did the near-impossible by bringing sets of for profit business leaders and not-for-profit social leaders together on a TV show for focused debates on issues crucial [...]
Oct 01, 2011
Article
Bestsellers – Uncommon Ground – Rohini Nilekani. The Tribune. View PDF
Jul 12, 2011
Interview
Rohini Nilekani and Rama Bijapurkar share their views on women entrepreneurship Chat Over Chai. View Video
Jan 09, 2011
Article
INDIA’S shift towards a market economy was like a volcanic eruption, the lava of which is still spreading through society. Its impact, along with globalisation, has greatly benefited many people, [...]
Oct 26, 2010
Interview
New Delhi : In a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with Pratham Books (NGO), publisher Pearson Longman has agreed to set aside part of the proceeds it receives for every [...]
Oct 23, 2010
Interview
IT companies may bring in their wake a certain culture of work and play which may veer away sharply from Bangalore’s pre-IT days, but the city is trying hard to [...]
Jul 01, 2010
Article
Journalist-turned-philanthropist Rohini Nilekani, the founder of Bengaluru-based NGOs Pratham Books and Arghyam, feels everyone should be water-wise today. View PDF
May 15, 2010
Interview
Rohini Nilekani is essentially a philanthropist at heart and passionate about development issues. The fact that she has featured in the Forbes’ list of Asia Pacific’s 48 ‘Heroes Of Philanthropy’ [...]
Mar 01, 2010
Article
Journalist and novelist. Corporate wife and mother. Now, armed with a fortune from Infosys’ meteoric rise, Rohini Nilekani is intent on helping India’s poor. View PDF
Jul 02, 2009
Article
There’s a massive export of virtual water from dry regions to wet, through the sale of both milk and meat products. on work, with soaring temperatures and no promise of [...]
Jun 04, 2009
Article
The past century of sanitation has been an environmental and financial nightmare for the world. It is supposedly the 100th anniversary of the modern lavatory, though there is some dispute [...]
May 07, 2009
Article
The demand for limited fresh water has brought the issue to the centre of the debate on development. At summertime, thoughts turn naturally to water. For millions of citizens, especially [...]
Apr 23, 2009
Article
There is a growing consensus that this crisis is unlike any other, that it’s a discontinuity with potential for great change. The airy cafe at London’s British Museum, just across [...]
Apr 09, 2009
Article
For India’s sake as much as its own, Bihar needs to be strong, less vulnerable to forces that deny democracy. In parts of Bihar, such as the district of Gaya, [...]
Mar 29, 2009
Article
There are just too many millions below the scope of ‘efficient’ markets and beyond the reach of most NGOs. Whenever the family travelled together, while most of us would admire [...]
Mar 26, 2009
Article
A question: is this economic slowdown improving the value of the environmental economy? As a family, we are not much into buying things recklessly. Although we live very well, we [...]
Mar 05, 2009
Article
DOING GOOD IN BAD TIMES – Singapore, 5 March 2009 – Forbes Asia has announced its second annual Heroes of Philanthropy list which shines the spotlight on those with altruistic [...]
Feb 26, 2009
Article
Microfinance rests on mutualism. This is very different from the individualism of free markets. Looking for models of financial prudence and sustainability? We don’t have to look very far. Tucked [...]
Feb 12, 2009
Article
Most species are individually stupid but collectively smart. Humans are the opposite. It is remarkable what happens when you suspend judgement and disbelief for a while. You rediscover wonder. A [...]
Jan 15, 2009
Article
It will be a pity if, just when the second wave of philanthropy was | taking root, it gets deracinated and scattered. In the jaw-dropping exposes about Satyam, there was [...]
Jan 02, 2009
Article
Recently, Arghyam, a foundation I have set up to fund initiatives in water and sanitation, needed to hire for a senior position. We put out an ad on a mainstream jobs site, in addition [...]
Jul 12, 2008
Article
Just societies cannot be built merely by the distribution of surplus wealth. With a plethora of the newly wealthy in India setting up trusts and foundations recently, it is a [...]
May 20, 2008
Interview
We may know Rohini Nilekani as the wife of one of India’s most successful entrepreneurs and for her tireless good works. But was life always this struggle-free? Here she reveals [...]
Mar 15, 2008
Article
Akshara Foundation’s Rohini Nilekani and actress Jayamala are among those felicitated with the Kittur Rani Chennamma awards on Saturday. View PDF
Mar 09, 2008
Article
Women’s role important, says Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph. Inaugurating Women’s Day celebrations jointly organised by Department of Women and Child Development and Karnataka Legal Services Authority, in [...]
Mar 09, 2008
Article
Akshara Foundation’s Rohini Nilekani and actress Jayamala are among those felicitated with the Kittur Rani Chennamma awards on Saturday. View PDF
Mar 03, 2008
Article
Philanthropy is not just about donating money, it is about making an impact with your money, improving someone’s life, and Bangaloreans seem to understand this only too well. The Garden [...]
Feb 23, 2008
Article
The water portal, which is co-ordinated by Arghyam, a non profit trust headed by Rohini Nilekani, supplies information – in Kannada – on various aspects of water. It was formally [...]
Feb 23, 2008
Article
To sustain water assets in Karnataka’s rural areas, the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) department will draw up a new policy shortly. RDPR principal secretary K Jairaj on Friday [...]
Oct 15, 2007
Article
It is time for change. To business television junkies, Nandan Nilekani has been a familiar face. Be it talking about his company or pitching for Indian software skills, Nilekani is [...]
May 31, 2007
Article
Water is more vital for human life than oil – and environmentalists, corporations, communities and governments increasingly recognize its unequal distribution around the globe could lead to severe environmental degradation [...]
Mar 01, 2007
Interview
What Rohini Nilekani sees as innovative and different about the way she’s doing things is the way she has brought together the opportunities that coming into money has given her [...]
Jan 01, 2007
Book
Sringeri Srinivas had very long hair. He wanted it cut on Annual Haircut Day. Everyone was busy. You will never guess who helped him that day! Read and enjoy! This [...]
Dec 31, 2006
Article
SHE IS THE FORCE THAT’S INSPIRING THE NATION AND THE WORLD. The woman you see here is Rohini Nilekani, wife of Infosys CEO, Nandan Nilekani. But more important, she is [...]
Dec 14, 2006
Article
95 per cent hit on improving reading skills. THE Karnataka Learning Partnership, a public-private initiative by Akshara foundation and the Education Department, Government of Karnataka and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, [...]
Jun 19, 2006
Interview
The project is being taken up to ensure that all students from Standards two to seven read and learn. “The project will begin in July this year, and by November, [...]
Jun 19, 2006
Article
Foundation chairperson Rohini Nilekani accepts the award. Ms. Nilekani said the foundation, as part of the Pratham Network, believed in giving underprivileged children the opportunity to learn and thereby empower [...]
May 31, 2006