Version 3.2_September 2016

Speaker: Rajni Bakshi

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I am currently the Senior Gandhi Peace Fellow at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, Mumbai. I am the author of four books and several monographs. The books include: Bazaars, Conversations and Freedom: for a market culture beyond greed and fear; Bapu Kuti: Journeys in rediscovery of Gandhi; Economics for Well-Being.

Rajni Bakshi is a Mumbai based author who has spent the last three decades in the fertile ground between journalism and activism – chronicling struggles for more humane and ecologically sound ways of life. The last decade has been dedicated to listening to a wide range of innovators, in the realm of business, ethics and politics, who are exploring ways to re-engineer the operating system of ‘The Market’ so that its conversations are more inclusive and holistic. Rajni is currently the Gandhi Peace Fellow at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, Mumbai.

She is author of Bazaars, Conversations and Freedom: for a market culture beyond greed and fear (Penguin, India, 2009 and GreanLeaf, UK, 2012), which won two Vodafone-Crossword Awards. Her earlier book Bapu Kuti: Journeys in Rediscovery of Gandhi (Penguin, India, 1998) inspired the Hindi film ‘Swades’ directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar. Her other books include: Long Haul: the Bombay Textile Workers Strike 1982-83 (1986), A Warning and an Opportunity: the Dispute over Swami Vivekananda’s Legacy (1994), LETS Make it Happen: a backgrounder on New Economics (2003) and An Economics for Well-Being (2007).

From November 2010 till March 2012 Rajni served as an independent director on the board of Future Value Retail Ltd.

Rajni serves on the Board of Trustees at Child Rights and You (CRY), Citizens for Peace (CfP), Seva Mandir, Jansahayog Trust and Centre for Education and Documentation (Mumbai & Bangalore). She is also General Body member of Timbaktu Collective and serves on the Executive Committee of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti.

Rajni has a BA in Political Science from George Washington University and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Rajasthan.