Audios/Videos
N.G. Ranga – Guardian of Peasants’ Rights
A.D. Shroff – Champion of Free Enterprise
Swatantra Party : India’s First Liberal Party
Shetkari Sanghathana : A Movement for Freedom – Part II
Shetkari Sanghathana : A Movement for Freedom – Part I
The Public Distribution System : A Boon or a Bane?
What is the Role of Government in Agriculture?
The Life and Times of Sharad Joshi
The Challenges for Liberal Grassroots Movements
Liberalism and the Challenge of Polarisation

Shetkari Sanghathana : A Movement for Freedom – Part II

In this #IndianLiberals video, Mr. Anil Ghanwat ( President, Shetkari Sanghathana) explains the historical roots of Shetkari Sanghathana and its efforts in mobilising farmers across the country for the cause of economic freedom.

Shetkari Sanghathana : A Movement for Freedom – Part I

In this #IndianLiberals video, Mr. Anil Ghanwat ( President, Shetkari Sanghathana) explains the historical roots of Shetkari Sanghathana and its efforts in mobilising farmers across the country for the cause of economic freedom.

The Public Distribution System : A Boon or a Bane?

In this #IndianLiberals video, Mr. Anil Ghanwat ( President, Shetkari Sanghathana) explains the discrepancies in the public distribution system which hurts both the farmers and the intended beneficiaries.

What is the Role of Government in Agriculture?

In this #IndianLiberals video, Mr. Anil Ghanwat ( President, Shetkari Sanghathana) discusses the Government’s role in agriculture.

The Life and Times of Sharad Joshi

In this #IndianLiberals video, Mr. Anil Ghanwat ( President, Shetkari Sanghathana) recalls the life, mission, and the leadership of Sharad Joshi, the farmer leader who spearheaded the movement of farmers freedom in Independent India.

The Challenges for Liberal Grassroots Movements

In this #IndianLiberals monologue, Dr. Jaya Prakash Narayana ( Founder, Lok Satta Movement) explains the statism and muddled notions of State prevalent within Indian psyche as well as the challenge it posed towards the rise of the Lok Satta movement.

Liberalism and the Challenge of Polarisation

In this #IndianLiberals monologue, Dr. Jaya Prakash Narayana ( Founder, Lok Satta Movement) talks about the politics of individuation as an antidote to the challenge of polarisation.

The Relationship Between Citizen and State

In this #IndianLiberals monologue, Dr. Jaya Prakash Narayana ( Founder, Lok Satta Movement) discusses the liberalism's larger philosophy i.e. the relationship between Citizen and State

The Hope for a Liberal Political Alternative

In this #IndianLiberals monologue, Dr. Jaya Prakash Narayana ( Founder, Lok Satta Movement) emphasises the political framework in India and further outlines the path for fundamental reform through a liberal political alternative.

The Early Years, Emergency Era and Tryst with Civil Services

In this #IndianLiberals monologue, Dr. Jaya Prakash Narayana ( Founder, Lok Satta Movement) recalls his early years, the emergency era, and his tryst with India's Civil Services.

The Future of Liberalism in a Post-Pandemic World

In this #IndianLiberals video, Dr. Parth J. Shah ( President, Centre for Civil Society) emphasises on the need to form viable alliances to safeguard both personal and economic liberty in the post-pandemic world.

Role of Civil Society in the Pandemic

In this #IndianLiberals video, Dr. Parth J. Shah ( President, Centre for Civil Society) brings to the fore the important and often unexplored role of civil society in alleviating suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

India’s Transition : Choice, Competition, and Individual Dignity

In this #IndianLiberals monologue, Dr. Parth J. Shah ( President, Centre for Civil Society) draws from his own personal experience how a liberalising economy helped in not just giving choice and competition to Indian consumers but also a sense of dignity.

The Case for Liberalism in Indian History

In this #IndianLiberals monologue, Dr Parth J. Shah ( President, Centre for Civil Society) talks about liberal narratives within Indian history and the way liberal values were reflected in many works of Indian thinkers.

Centre for Civil Society : A Journey in Time

In this #IndianLiberals monologue, Dr Parth J. Shah ( President, Centre for Civil Society) takes us on a journey in time and talks about Centre for Civil Society's two decades of work in advancing liberalism in India.

Liberalism and the Populist Challenge

In this #IndianLiberals monologue, Dr. Parth J. Shah ( President, Centre for Civil Society) decodes and explains populism and the challenges it poses to the liberal order. To watch more videos of this series, visit www.indianliberals.in

Why is it Difficult to De-regulate Labor in India?

The Indian State has has a far greater control on labor than in many other emerging economies. Should labor be de-regulated? What are the impediments towards having a de-regulated labor market?

Vision for a Prosperous India – Gurcharan Das

We are two years away from celebrating out 75th anniversary of independence. Gurcharan Das (Indian author and public intellectual) talks to Indian Liberals to discuss his vision for a prosperous India and the strategy to make it possible.

Tribals and Development: Countering the Myths

In this #IndianLiberals video, Ambrish Mehta and Trupti Mehta ( Activists, ARCH-Vahini) discuss the common myth about development and tribals. They highlight the importance of better standards of living for the tribal communities.

The Challenges leading to the Forest Rights Act, 2006

In this #IndianLiberals video, Ambrish Mehta and Trupti Mehta ( Activists, ARCH-Vahini) highlight the key challenges and upheavals involved in their struggle for the enactment of the Forest Rights Act, 2006.

Sunil Bhandare on private enterprise post 1991 reforms

Sunil Bhandare, Advisor, Tata Strategic Management Group talking about private enterprise in post-reform era, their skepticism and how they overcame it.

Sunil Bhandare on his experiences with Indian liberal organisations

Sunil Bhandare, Advisor, Tata Strategic Management Group talks about his interactions and experiences with Indian liberal organisations like Forum of Free Enterprise, Indian Liberal Group and the Project for Economic Education.

Sunil Bhandare on Getting Disillusioned With Socialism and His Journey to Become A Liberal

Sunil Bhandare, Advisor, Tata Strategic Management Group speaks about getting disillusioned with socialism and his journey to become a liberal.

Sunil Bhandare on enlarging the “constituency of reforms” in India

Sunil Bhandare, Advisor, Tata Strategic Management Group discussing ways through which what he calls "constituency of reforms" could be enlarged.

S. Divakara on The Forum of Free Enterprise

S. Divakara, the Director-General of The Forum of Free Enterprise talks about the organisation he has worked most of his life at.

S. Divakara on Nani Palkhivala’s Union Budget Commentaries

S. Divakara, Director-General of the Forum of Free Enterprise speaking about Nani Palkhivala's famous Union Budget commentaries. These commentaries used to be annually organised by the Forum in Bombay soon after Finance Minister's annual budget speeches.

Role of Ideology in India’s Liberalisation

In this #IndianLiberals monologue, Nimish Adhia discusses the crucial role of ideology in India's liberalisation. He talks about the ideological component and emphasises it as an important factor leading to the opening up of the Indian economy.

Minoo Shroff on Nehru, Welfare and India’s Promise

Minoo Shroff of the A D Shroff Memorial Trust talks about Nehru, welfare, entitlements and India's promise

Minoo Shroff on His Uncle A D Shroff

Minoo Shroff talks about his uncle A D Shroff.

Minoo Shroff on A D Shroff Memorial Trust and the Forum of Free Enterprise

Minoo Shroff talks about A D Shroff Memorial Trust and the Forum of Free Enterprise.

Minoo Masani’s Disenchantment with the Soviet Economic Model – In Coversation with Zareer Masani

Minoo Masani talks about his disenchantment with Soviet model characterized by tight centralization, political repression and state control.

Minoo Masani on Nehru’s Adoption of Socialism – In Conversation with Zareer Masani

Zareer Masani, author, historian and son of late politician, Minoo Masani talks about the reasons which pushed his father for establishing the Swatantra Party - Nehru's adoption of socialism, nationalization of key industries, and a strict licencing system.

Making Tax Compliance Attractive

Why is tax-compliance so low in our country and is our State penalizing honest tax payers

Jagdish Bhagwati on Milton Friedman

Jagdish Bhagwati discusses Friedman’s disenchantment with the Planning Commission and the centralized economic planning approach adopted by India.

India’s forest-dwellers: From Owners to Encroachers

In this #IndianLiberals video. Ambrish Mehta and Trupti Mehta ( Activists, ARCH-Vahini) explain the historical, political and social reasons which led to the plight of forest-dwellers from being owners to encroachers on their own land.

Forest Rights Act, 2006: The Struggle for Implementation – Part II

In this #IndianLiberals video, Ambrish Mehta and Trupti Mehta ( Activists, ARCH-Vahini) talk about the key features of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 and the hurdles towards the implementation of the Act on ground. They draw lessons from their own experience in fighting for the rights of forest dwelling communities.

Forest Rights Act, 2006 : The Struggle for Implementation – Part I

In this #IndianLiberals video, Ambrish Mehta and Trupti Mehta ( Activists, ARCH-Vahini) talk about the key features of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 and the hurdles towards the implementation of the Act on ground. They draw lessons from their own experience in fighting for the rights of forest dwelling communities.

Forest Departments, Incentives and the Environment

In this #IndianLiberals video, Ambrish Mehta and Trupti Mehta ( Activists, ARCH-Vahini) dispel the misconception surrounding a conflict of interest between tribals and the natural environment. They also discuss the role of incentives in the form of ownership of resources in furthering environmental conservation.

Did Bollywood Liberalise India or Did India Liberalise Bollywood?

In this #IndianLiberals monologue, Nimish Adhia answers the crucial question surrounding India's liberalisation and highlights the interplay between Bollywood, Indian society and the economy.

D R Pendse on Think Tanks and the Power of Ideas

D R Pendse on the Indian Liberal Tradition

D R Pendse on the 1991 Crisis

D R Pendse on the Criticism he faced through his Career

D R Pendse on Liberating India s Entrepreneurs

D R Pendse on his Relationship with JRD Tata

D R Pendse on Doing Business in India before 1991 Reforms

BR Shenoy – A Prophet Without Honour?

Why was BR Shenoy, one among few Indian economists who spoke out against the socialist planning approach considered a prophet without honour in his own country? Is he forgotten for the wrong reasons?

Bollywood and Cultural Change in Attitude

In this #IndianLiberals monologue, Nimish Adhia talks about the cultural changes within Indian society which affected Bollywood's portrayal of heroes and the overall plot of the movies. He talks about the transition happening between the 1950s and 1980s.

D R Pendse on India’s ‘Open and Prosperous Past’

An Auxiliary for Historians: The Contribution of Older Austrians

Chakravarti Rajagopalachari – Gandhi’s Conscience Keeper

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Trade Deficit | Sudha Shenoy

India’s Greatest Liberal – Gopal Krishna Gokhale

The Case Against Neo-Protectionism

The Hayek-Keynes Debate, 1931-1971 | by Sudha R. Shenoy

The New Global Marketplace | Sudha Shenoy

Swatantra Party : India’s First Liberal Party

Swatantra Party was the first political party in India to openly endorse liberal values and market-friendly economic policies.

A.D. Shroff – Champion of Free Enterprise

Shroff was amongst the earliest proponents of free enterprise in India.

N.G. Ranga – Guardian of Peasants’ Rights

N.G Ranga was one of the few leaders who not only had intimate knowledge of the problems of agriculture, but was also involved in the promotion of peasant proprietorship for over two decades.

In Conversation with Ronald Meinardus – Regional Director, FNF South Asia

Indian Liberal Tradition – GP Manish