This article was first published in the February 1970 issue of Freedom First. What is posted here is an abridged version of the original piece. The article was written by M R Pai, one of the most prominent Indian liberals and a champion for the cause of Free Enterprise. Socialism is fashionable in India today, […]

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In this video, farmers and workers from Ivory Coast tasted chocolate for the first time. It is a little amazing to believe that there are people who haven’t tasted chocolate—one of the most popular foods in the world! What makes this video even more remarkable is that these farmers are Cacao farmers—planting the seeds from […]

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  The following piece is an excerpt from a speech given by M R Masani in the Indian Parliament, and was published in the October, 1960 issue of Freedom First. The speech was delivered in response to the introduction of the third plan. Making a scathing attack, Masani talks about the follies of state planning and […]

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Centre for Civil Society was founded on 15 August 1997, on the 50th anniversary of India’s political independence to signify the necessity of personal, economic and social freedom from the omnipresent Indian state. We advance social change through public policy to enable each individual to lead a life of CHOICE and to make every institution ACCOUNTABLE. Our focus […]

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The following piece is an excerpt from an article published in the June 1958 issue of ‘The Indian Libertarian.’ C Rajagopalachari was the founder of the Swatantra Party–the only political party in India that espoused Classical Liberal principles. In the piece, written 10 years after Independence, Rajaji (as he was fondly called) talks of the […]

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A video of Shashi Tharoor went viral last month. In the speech, delivered in a debate in Oxford, Tharoor makes a compelling case for the British owing reparations for 200 years of colonial rule in India. His speech was met with much enthusiasm and applaud, being widely discussed and trending on social media. The British […]

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The following piece was published in the September 1980 issue of Freedom First. The author of the piece, Nissim Ezekiel, was a noted poet, critic and editor, and also served as the editor of Freedom First. Liberty cannot endure without responsibility, and Ezekiel talks about the moral imperative to adopt this responsibility towards our fellow human […]

I come from a very small town in India, not even sure if they have marked it on the political map. When I moved to Delhi 5 years ago I saw the ‘real world’— fast cars, fancy food, good wine, coffee breweries, big roads, millions of brands and a plethora of choices of products. I […]

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The following piece was first published in the August 1970 issue of Freedom First. In the piece, M R Pai talks about the German economic miracle guided by Dr Ludwig Erhard following World War II, and the possibility of such a ‘miracle’ being replicated in India.   At a time when India is beset with numerous […]

“If I had money, I would build roads; if I had more money, I would build more roads; if I had even more money, I would build even more roads” –Sauvik Chakraverti Some time back, people from 11 villages came together and managed to gather over Rs. 1 crore to build a bridge over a […]

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