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From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance. Catch the show live every Friday at 2100 IST/1530 GMT on BBC World News and BBC World Service.

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From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance. Catch the show live every Friday at 2100 IST/1530 GMT on BBC World News and BBC World Service.

    What young India wants

    What young India wants

    India is among the world's youngest nations. More than half of its population, over 600 million people, is under the age of 25. That is an extraordinary demographic that gives a sense of importance of young Indians for the future of Asia and of the world.

    Today's young people are well aware of events in other parts of the world. They are vocal in their demands for good jobs and better education, they challenge established social norms, and in schools and colleges, they are learning to dream big.

    But are their rising aspirations being met with equal opportunities? What are the fears and concerns in the minds of the Indian youth? What does a young India really want?

    Presenter: Devina Gupta

    Contributors: Sabika Abbas Naqvi, founder, Sar-i-Rahguzar: Poetry on the Streets; Ashweetha Shetty, founder and CEO, Bodhi Tree Foundation; Ayush Jaiswal, co-founder, Pesto Tech

    • 24 min
    Fighting for dignity and inclusion

    Fighting for dignity and inclusion

    Walking on the streets in many Indian cities is often likened to an adventure. People are seen jostling for space in narrow lanes, hawkers shouting, traffic zooming past and of course cows squatting in the middle of the roads.

    But there is very little chance of finding a walkway with a ramp for people with disabilities, or markers to help the visually challenged.

    India is home to more than 26 million people with disabilities. A majority of them live in rural areas and struggle for access to education, employment and healthcare. #WorklifeIndia asks how government, corporates and civil society can come together to ensure dignity and inclusion for people living with disabilities.

    Presenter: Devina Gupta

    Contributors: Devika Malik, para-athlete and co-founder, Wheeling Happiness; Dr Jitender Aggarwal, founder and CEO, Sarthak Educational Trust; Swati Rustagi, Director of HR, Amazon India Operations

    • 24 min
    How to manage your money

    How to manage your money

    It’s a new year and the start of a fresh chapter. It is also the time we make resolutions to bring changes into our lives.

    So what’s on your list? Are you thinking about buying that dream car or home, but don’t have enough funds? Or are you looking at quitting your job to be your own boss, but aren’t sure how to start and what to do?

    #WorklifeIndia speaks to experts to ask the million-dollar question: how should we manage our money?

    Presenter: Devina Gupta

    Contributors: Satyen Kothari, founder and CEO, Cube wealth app; Chinu Kala, founder, Rubans Accessories; Shaurya Bajaj, equity investor

    • 24 min
    Is the streaming revolution changing Bollywood?

    Is the streaming revolution changing Bollywood?

    Remember the times when you planned your day such that you could catch your favourite show on television? If you missed an episode, you would call others to fill you in. Streaming services and video-on-demand have changed all that. We now consume content on web series, television shows and films anytime and anywhere we like.

    How does content differ across different platforms? And how is the rise of streaming impacting Bollywood and the traditional platforms like movie theatres?

    #WorklifeIndia asks how the streaming revolution is changing viewing habits in India, home to one of the world’s most dynamic entertainment markets.

    Presenter: Devina Gupta

    Contributors: Kamal Gianchandani, CEO, PVR Pictures; Gourav Rakshit, COO, Viacom18 Digital Ventures; Richa Chadda, Bollywood actor

    Photo: Man watching a tablet with headphones Credit: Getty Images

    • 24 min
    Transforming transgender lives

    Transforming transgender lives

    Transphobia is on the rise, recent studies indicate. In the UK alone, trans-hate crimes recorded by the police rose by 81% since last year. Another study of nearly 10 million social media posts across the US and UK by analytics firm Brandwatch says that there is 'inhumane' harassment and transphobhic abuse on digital platforms.

    In India, over half a million transgender people continue to struggle against discrimination. Many opt for expensive and complicated gender reassignment surgeries to gain social acceptance.

    So what can be done to make society more inclusive towards transgender people? Could providing better education and legislation improve their rights?

    Presenter: Devina Gupta
    Contributors: Kalki Subramaniam, transgender rights activist; Nitasha Biswas, model and Miss Transqueen India; Air Cmde (Dr) Sanjay Sharma (retd), CEO, Association for Transgender Health in India

    • 24 min
    Pollution: How are people surviving the toxic air?

    Pollution: How are people surviving the toxic air?

    Air pollution in the north of India has reached unbearable levels this month. Many areas of the country’s capital, Delhi, reported hazardous air quality, with the potential to cause respiratory illnesses. Schools were closed for two days and people advised to stay indoors. Low visibility due to a persistent haze caused many flights to be diverted. Rules also went into effect to allow only cars with odd or even number plates to be driven on given days.

    While politicians blame each other for the conditions, the city’s residents are taking to the streets and the social media to express discontent. Last week, protests were held demanding action to curb pollution using long-term and sustainable anti-pollution measures.

    So, how are people surviving the toxic air? And what can be done to make the city’s air cleaner?

    Presenter: Devina Gupta

    Contributors: Dr Tarun Sahni, senior consultant, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals; Harinder Chhabra, director, The Infinity School; Ayush Bahl, student; Christine Pemberton, marathon runner; Sushila Saripalli Bahl, blogger & parent

    • 24 min

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