The Center for Civil Society is launching IndianLiberals.in, an online archive of Indian liberal writings on 17 January at the 1st Annual Asia Students for Liberty Conference- a youth movement aimed at increasing student engagement with liberal governance and social change, in New Delhi. Mr. Arun Shourie, prominent journalist, author and politician, has very kindly agreed to do the formal launch.
IndianLiberals.in is an online library of all Indian liberal writings, lectures and other materials in English and other Indian regional languages. The material that has been collected so far contains liberal commentary dating from the early 19th century till the present. It is this content that we hope to preserve and disseminate, by building a digital liberal archive that hosts all Indian liberal material in one place.
It aims to digitize 50,000 pages in total, supplemented by audio and video content of prominent liberals, including personal stories of the work and struggles of Indian liberals who lived through the planning era, that is lesser known to us today, if not totally forgotten already. The portal shall help preserve often unknown but a very rich Indian liberal tradition and understand the relevance of the writings in today's context.
The Indian Liberals stood for the liberty of thought and action and against central planning. In current scenario, such liberties are in constant threat, which is not any different to the hubristic actions of the central planners during the socialistic pattern of society adopted by the Nehru government. It's of utmost importance to go back to these heroes of freedom and acquire their wisdom through their powerful writings.
The Students for Liberty Conference, the largest gathering of free minds in Asia, being hosted on 17-18 January, will also highlight issues like open borders, sex and the state, welfare state or welfare society, limits to free speech, ethical foundations of a free society with an unparalleled line-up of speakers, endless networking opportunities.