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CEO, Oxfam India
Politician and Academician
Co-founder, Citizens for Bengaluru & Political Shakti

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 22 Jan 2023

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Just five percent of Indians own more than 60 percent of the country’s wealth while the bottom half of India’s population possess only three percent of wealth, according to Oxfam India’s latest report “Survival of the Richest: The India story”.

The richest man in India has seen his wealth soar by 46 percent in 2022. The report shows a one-off 20% tax on his unrealized gains from 2017–2021 could potentially raise INR 1.8 lakh crores. This is enough to employ more than five million primary school teachers in the country for a year.

While the country suffers from multiple crises like hunger, unemployment, inflation and health calamities, India’s billionaires are doing extremely well. At this event, the panellists will discuss how obscene the inequality in India is, and how India’s regressive tax system is the main enabler of such inequality. The time has come to tax the rich and ensure they pay their fair share.

Presented by:


Amitabh Behar

CEO, Oxfam India

Amitabh is the CEO of Oxfam India. He is passionate about governance accountability, social and economic equality, and citizen participation. Over the years, he has worked on building people-centric campaigns, alliances for social justice, and linking micro-activism to macro changes. Amitabh is one of the leading experts of people-centred advocacy and is the chair of the board of Navsarjan. He was the vice board chair of CIVICUS till recently and also sits on the board of other organisations like Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), National Centre for Advocacy Studies, and Global Fund for Community Foundation (GFCF).

MV Rajeev Gowda

Politician and Academician

Professor Rajeev Gowda is Ex-Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from Karnataka. He has a B.A from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, an MA in Economics from Fordham University and a PhD in Public Policy and Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has been a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and taught at the University of Oklahoma. Until recently, he was Professor of Economics and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and a Director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India. He has authored and edited books, scholarly articles and reports on policy issues. He has mentored start up companies and works on urban renewal and youth empowerment, among other areas of interest. He has been a Carnegie Council Global Ethics Fellow.

He is the Managing Trustee, Resurgent India Trust, which launched the Bengaluru Needs You initiative.

Tara Krishnaswamy

Co-founder, Citizens for Bengaluru & Political Shakti

Tara Krishnaswamy is a co-founder of Citizens For Bengaluru, a grassroots people’s movement with landmark campaigns for #SteelFlyoverBeda, campaigns for mass public transit like the #ChukuBukuBeku & #BusBhagyaBeku for suburban trains and public buses, and the #BekuBedaSanthe for the citizens manifesto in Bengaluru. The current campaign is for institutionalising Ward Committees for systemic participation of citizens in grassroots democracy in urban local bodies.

She lead ground campaigns for Karnataka Police Stations to maintain list of convicted sex offenders & secured a Government Order for the same. She Introduced Urban Women’s Safety Social Audit Framework and methodology. She has independently authored on federalism, citizenship, gender and caste issues with First Post, The News Minute, Live Mint, News Laundry, Times of India, Hindustan Times etc.