S V Raju passed away earlier this week. His death comes as a great loss to the cause of liberty in India. He was closely associated with the Swatantra Party as its executive secretary—a party that stood for a market-based economy and opposed socialism at a time when there was no real alternative to the […]

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India is not a capitalist country. The necessary condition for capitalism is the private ownership of property and means of production—all other requirements either stem from that one condition, or are corollaries of it. India does have a system of private property rights but it is significantly circumscribed. For a great majority of Indians, these […]

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I first came to know about S V Raju as an editor of Freedom First, the magazine that I have been subscribing for more than 20 years. He was the person who kept the flame of liberalism and the Swatantra Party alive in India. As a young liberal, the flame-keeper commanded deep respect and awe. […]

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This piece was originally published in ‘Economic Times’ on February 7, 1966. In this piece, Nani Palkhivala—one of the most prominent Indian liberals and advocates—talks about the increasing socialist trends that were sweeping the country. At a time when India’s economic woes were unrelenting; the government was looking to further tighten its hold over the […]

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by Amit Chandra This article originally appeared in the Hindi daily ‘Rajasthan Patrika’ and can be accessed here. The government’s recent clampdown on Civil Society organizations (Greenpeace, Ford and thousands of other NGOs) in the last few weeks threatens to do real damage and is a grave cause for concern; and needs to be criticized in the […]

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In this week’s selection for Throwback Thursday, we bring to you a piece by one of India’s most prominent free-market economists—B R Shenoy. In this article, originally published in ‘The Times of India’ in October, 1961; Shenoy talks about the inadequacies and wastages inherent in central planning and control of economic activity. While the avowed […]

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This article appeared in February, 1971 issue of Freedom First, a prominent Indian Liberal magazine. In this article, M.D. Kini talks about the importance of the freedom of expression, and a free press; and how the greatest threat to this freedom came from the government. In many ways, we’ve come a long way—our press no […]

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This article appeared in a publication of ‘Forum of Free Enterprise.’ Originally written in 1969, it was authored by A G Mulgaokar—an advocate and authority on constitutional law. At the time, the Right to Property was a Fundamental Right in the constitution; but was constantly being undermined by successive amendments. In our present discourse on Land Acquisition, the […]

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Perhaps there exists no state monopoly as large as the Indian railways—it holds the distinction of being one of the largest railway networks and the largest civilian employer in the world—employing over 1.5 million people. It also holds the dubious distinction of being poorly managed, unsafe, and unresponsive to the needs of people and businesses. There […]

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on 10 April 2015

Picture this: You are sharing your room with someone who is probably your best friend by the day, but by the night s/he is the most evil person…because your friend snores a lot at night. Here is the solution: BAN. I wear colourful and funky socks which might have some chances of affecting someone’s vision.The […]

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