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Sustainable Livelihoods Entreprenuer
Entrepreneur & Policy advocate
Urban Researcher

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 13 May 2020


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Bangalore’s migrants crossed 50% of its population, according to the 2011 census. In the past decade, lakhs more migrants must have been added to that number. Most migrants are from within Karnataka itself, the second highest are from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, followed by Rajasthan. We know that Bangalore is also a new home to many people from the North East.

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 seemed so important to them as now.

So that leaves a big question for this city of Bengaluru, which depends on its migrants for many day-to-day operations to keep it humming.

What will Bengaluru look like in the interim? Which services will be affected? How will the city cope?

Also, how have we treated the migrants in this crisis? What has the government done? What have been the experiences of the migrants; what would they want in the future?

Will this shock treatment the city faces help us change our attitude and our dealings with migrants? Will we be more welcoming? Will we respect their rights?


Gayathri Vasudevan

Sustainable Livelihoods Entreprenuer

Gayathri Vasudevan is a Doctorate in Development studies with more than 22 yrs experience in both national and international organizations. She has been extensively involved in policy issues and community mobilizations relating to livelihoods. Before joining LabourNet, Gayathri held a senior position at the multilateral International Labour Organization for 8 years.

She has also worked with various Multi-Laterals and Bi-Laterals – UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, NORAD, to name a few. She has more than 30 publications in the areas of labour, employment and gender issues to her credit.

Manish Sabharwal

Entrepreneur & Policy advocate

Manish is currently the Chairman and co-founder of Teamlease Services, India’s largest staffing and human capital firm. Teamlease has over 95,000 employees in 1800 cities and is implementing India’s first vocational university in Gujarat and first national PPP apprenticeship program.

In 1996 he co-founded India Life, an HR outsourcing company that was acquired by Hewitt associates in 2002. Consequently he was CEO of Hewitt Outsourcing (Asia) in Singapore.

Manish serves on various state and central government committees on education, employment and employability and is a columnist for the Indian Express and Economic Times. He got his MBA from The Wharton School in 1996 and is an alumni of Shriram College, Delhi and Mayo College, Ajmer.

Ramani Sastri


Ramani Sastri, is the Chairman and Managing Director of Sterling Developers Pvt. Ltd
A management graduate, Mr. Sastri has over 35 years of experience in the field of construction. As the Past President of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) and the Karnataka Ownership Apartments Promoters Association (KOAPA), he is the torch bearer of the best practices and standards across the industry. He has been associated with various committees set up by the Government of India Including the Planning Commission. Mr. Ramani Sastri has been invited to be a speaker on forums in India & abroad on several occasions.
Mr. Sastri is the Promoter & Chairman of the Canadian International School in Bangalore. He has been instrumental in the transformation of CIS into an academically rigorous university preparatory school offering the best of independent international education.

Divya Ravindranath

Urban Researcher

Divya Ravindranath has a PhD in Social Work from the Brown School, Washington University in St Louis. Her doctoral work studied maternal health and child malnutrition among migrant households engaged in construction work. In this ethnographic work, she conducted field work at construction sites in the city of Ahmedabad to study workers’ experiences and perceptions of maternal and child health status, households’ ability to access healthcare and also examined policy gaps. Her current research work focuses on the intersection of informal labour, gender and urban health. In particular, she is interested in studying breastfeeding practices, access to antenatal and postpartum care, occupational health hazards and health inequity among workers undertaking informal work.

In the past, after attaining a master’s degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Divya worked with several not-for-profit organizations in various parts of urban and rural India. This work has been centered around issues of common pool resources, urban infrastructure and livelihoods. Most recently, Divya has been a visiting faculty at CEPT, Ahmedabad, where she taught qualitative research methods to masters and doctoral students.

Rohini Nilekani


Rohini Nilekani is Founder-Chairperson, Arghyam, a foundation she endowed to fund initiatives for sustainable water and sanitation across India. From 2004 to 2014, she was Founder-Chairperson of Pratham Books, a non-profit children’s publisher. She is Co-founder-Director of EkStep, a non-profit education platform.

A former journalist writing for leading publications, she is also the author of “Stillborn” and “Uncommon Ground”, both published by Penguin Books India. In 2017, she was inducted as Foreign Honorary Member of the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Sciences.

As signatories of the Giving Pledge, Rohini and Nandan Nilekani have committed half their wealth to philanthropy.