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Dear Market Liberals:

What could have been a better way to begin the year than a gathering of the leading liberal minds from across the world at the annual Asia Liberty Forum. Now in its third year, ALF was hosted in Nepal, in partnership with Samriddhi and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. It gives me great pride that we were able to shift seamlessly to another country to host the event and have it be as grand as ever, and we look forward to hosting ALF in countries across Asia in the years to come.

In 2014, we created 150 freedom champions, through our programs and advocacy efforts. Secretary to the Chief Minister of UP gave the keynote address at our flagship School Choice National Conference—highlighting the importance of choice in education. Our CCS Grads are fighting the good fight—Jayant Rajpurohit championed our Vikalp pilot project at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, raising funds and running for choice and accountability. Other CCS grads are doing a splendid job of creating the South Asia Chapter of Students For Liberty, hosting their first conference on 17 and 18 January with delegates from across the sub-continent—I’m excited to see where their collaborations take the liberty movement! These stories make me hopeful that we are firmly set on the path to a more liberal India.

Mr Arun Shourie will be launching our IndianLiberals portal on 17 January. The portal is a digital library of Indian liberal works dating back tothe early 19th century. Most of the content is in English, some in Gujarati but our efforts continue to find liberal writing in local langagues. If you know any such writings, please do let us know. We hope that the portal would demolish once and for all the argument that liberalism is a Western philosophy.

You can keep track of what we have planned through our fortnightly CCS Dashboard. Happy New Year, once again!

In liberty,

Parth J Shah

P. S. See this inspiring video on CCS.


 

Education for All
Rohan Joshi | Associate Director, Advocacy, School Choice Campaign

SCNC 2014“I ask my maid every day, why do you send your child to a private school, although it costs you nearly 20% of your salary?” said one of the noted industry leaders and philanthropist at an event in Delhi with a caveat that himself and his children have attended a reputed private school in Mumbai. At another meeting in Uttar Pradesh where the Education Minister and a number of senior education department officers were present, criticising private schools was the main agenda. The tirade against private schools went on, until slowly, everyone in the room realised that their children studied in private schools. Do these stories represent what the education landscape of India is? Read more.

 

Removing Barriers to Livelihood
Gaurav Arora | Associate Director, Skills Voucher Program

Jeevika 2014This quarter began with successful deployment of the skill voucher pilot at Pune, along with the commencement of classes for 110 students. The monitoring framework at both the operational locations i.e. Mumbai and Pune was also implemented. While the execution was underway at the two locations, the third party impact evaluation partner (India Development Foundation) completed their analysis of field surveys and implementing their research framework. The program got its first statistical evidence of success through some key findings. Read more.

 

Developing New Leaders with New Ideas
Baishali Bomjan | Director, Development & Outreach and Asia Centre for Enterprise

ALF 2014After conducting seminars on a liberal approach to public policy for over 17 years, we are finally able to do what was unimaginable when we started out—get into the formal curriculum of two leading Law and Economics program of premier universities in the country. In 2015 we will conduct a 30 hour, two credits elective for select students of National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata on Law and Public Policy and the Economics Honors departments of St Xavier’s College, Mumbai on Economics and Public Policy. To translate our ideas to action, we are now engaging with government officials and nodal agencies on specific policy reforms or their implementation. Read more.

CCS in the MEDIA

By CCS
  • Parth J Shah on the need for PPP models in India, in Rajasthan Patrika. 19 october 2014.
  • An article on ‘Why is India Poor?’ by Amit Chandra in the Rajasthan Patrika. 24 October 2014.
  • Parth Shah on India’s rank on the Ease of Doing Business Index in Rajasthan Patrika. 30 October 2014.
  • Article by Avinash Chandra in the Rajasthan Patrika on the new government’s austerity measures. 4 November 2014. 
  • Avinash Chandra writes for Nai Dunia on why he thinks prostitution must be legalised. 6 November 2014.
  • Bibhuti Bharadwaj’s op-ed in Nai Dunia on the government decision to make Sanskrit mandatory in schools. 14 November 2014.
  • Parth J Shah writes for Rajasthan Patrika on Income Tax. 16 November 2014.
  • Kumar Anand in Rajasthan Patrika on the Goods & Services Tax. 25 November 2014.
  • Prashant Narang writes for Rajasthan Patrika on the issue of timely justice. 10 December 2014.
  • Article on the ban on Uber Cabs in Delhi by Avinash Chandra in Nai Dunia. 13 December 2014.
  • Avinash Chandra on government austerity measures in Yagya Bharti Magazine. 15 December 2014.
Quoting CCS
  • Board Members Luis Miranda quoted in the article by The Economic Times on Indian philanthropy and funding of think tanks. 4 November 2014.
  • Amit Chandra speaks to Niti Central on Labour Reforms. 5 November 2014.
  • Our open letter to the State Education Minister of Karnataka on issue of school closure fins mention in Business Standard. 6 November 2014.
  • Rohan Joshi speaks to CNBC TV18 (11 November 2014) and IBNLive (21 November 2014) about school closures in Karnataka.
  • Prashant Narang talks to Jan TV about nursery admissions. 28 November 2014.
About CCS
  • The CSR Journal discusses our Vikalp Pilot project. October 2014.
  • Ken Schoolland discusses our efforts to stop school closure through our petition to the MHRD, in East Asia Forum. 11 October 2014.
  • James Tooley discusses our work on BPS through NISA with Desert News. 20 October 2014.
  • Washington Times (14 October 2014) The Guardian (29 October 2014) and Niti Central (31 October 2014) write about our Repeal 100 Laws Project.
  • CCS’s roundtable on Section 12 of the RTE finds mention in various media, including Hindustan Times, The Pioneer, and Navbharat Times. 13 November 2014.
  • An article on our Vikalp pilot, in Nai Dunia. 14 November 2014.
  • Our study on ‘Analysis of Fee Regulation in India finds mention in the Times of India. 14 November 2014.
  • Coverage of our policy workshop on Bamboo Policy in Kerala in The Hindu. 21 November and 8 December 2014.
  • Our iJustice petition challenging guidelines regulating ads on public service vehicles mentioned in Dainik Jagran and Navodaya Times. 30 November 2014.
  • Article in On Think Tanks, on characteristics of effective think tanks mentions CCS. 1 December 2014.
  • NISA Goa State Meeting and issues concerning RTE covered in Times of India. 5 December 2014.
  • Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Film Festival covered in various media, including Rashtriya Sahara, The Statesman, Nai Dunia and India Education Diary. December 2014.
  • Our School Choice National Conference is covered in Assam Times (20 December 2014), Nai Dunia (20 December 2014), MeriNews. 21 December 2014.
NEW PUBLICATIONS

ViewPoint 14: Denationalisation of Banking in India

View Point 14This paper is an attempt to demonstrate both the obvious and implicit costs to the economy, of India’s government-owned banking model. Using research findings of other scholars, the paper also demonstrates that the so-called social or national objectives have not been achieved even after more than 40 years of India’s experiment with nationalisation of the sector, despite the huge amount of money paid by Indian taxpayers all this time. The paper concludes by calling for an immediate denationalisation of Public Sector Banks in India (PSBs).

Soft copies of these publications are available for download on the CCS website. For hard copies, email ccs@ccs.in.
 
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Swati joins our team as Associate, Advocacy at CCS. She graduated from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi in 2013. Before joining CCS, she worked as a journalist at the Times of India and the World Consulting and Research Corporation. She wrote extensively on social entrepreneurship and environmental issues.

 

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