Let’s Talk

“The Indian Story:
How do we create more jobs?”

July 20, 2021


About the event

COVID-19 has caused widespread socioeconomic upheaval. An ILO report predicts 1.6 billion informal economy workers could suffer “massive damage” to their livelihoods, and 81 million jobs have been lost in the Asia Pacific alone. In nearly all economies with available quarterly data for 2020, employment levels contracted compared to 2019. The report further states that employment growth will be insufficient to make up for the losses suffered until at least 2023.

In India, middle-class Indians have seen salary cuts and are dealing with higher inflation. Employees in sectors such as tourism, aviation, services sector and retail have been worst affected by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

The road to recovery is long, and job creation is an immediate need.

In this Let’s Talk Policy session, we discussed this with industry experts, including Dr. Rathin Roy, MD, ODI & Member of Kautilya’s Advisory Board, Radhicka Kapoor, Senior Visiting Fellow, ICRIER and K Ganesh, Serial Entrepreneur & Partner,

The event was moderated by renowned journalist, Nidhi Razdan.

‘Let’s Talk Policy’ is a panel discussion series initiated by Kautilya School of Public Policy, that brings forth a select group of panellists, sharing differing views on key issues of national and global relevance, and building the dialogue into a conversation for the student community.

The series aims to unravel major themes around democracy, politics, and human rights, and explore the challenges and rewards of implementing practices. We aim to create a cohesive platform and call on thematic experts to foster a healthy dialogue around the most-pressing issues.

About the panellists

Nidhi Razdan

Visiting Faculty, Kautilya &
Fmr. Exec. Editor NDTV


Nidhi Razdan (Moderator) is an award-winning journalist, author and the former Executive Editor of…

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Dr. Rathin Roy

MD, ODI; Member,
Kautilya’s Advisory Board


Dr. Rathin Roy is ODI’s Managing Director (Research and Policy). His policy interests and …..

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Radhicka Kapoor

Senior Visting Fellow,


Radhicka Kapoor is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International …..

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K Ganesh

Serial Entrepreneur & Partner,


K Ganesh is a successful serial entrepreneur with four successful green field ventures and …

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  • Young Indians, passionate about bringing about positive change and building India
  • Those aspiring to build a career in public life, public policy and administration, social sector, media, journalism and communications, politics, and other related fields
  • Academicians, researchers and journalists working in or following the fields mentioned above
  • Those closely following the Indian economy, especially in the wake of the pandemic – and are keen to hear from experts with relevant experience at the highest level