What Does It Mean To Be A Liberal In India

What Does It Mean To Be A Liberal In India

Liberalism? What is liberalism? In the broadest of definitions liberalism is the idea of personal liberty - and should therefore be aspired by all freedom-loving people in the world. Unfortunately reality is not that simple. The well-sounding term liberalism is often misunderstood. Some misrepresent liberalism because they don’t know better, others distort liberal ideas because they fear the liberating force of freedom.

Then what does liberalism mean in an Indian context? And what does it mean to be a liberal in a nation proud to be termed the biggest democracy on earth?

To find original answers to these questions we are organizing this essay writing competition – an exercise about liberalism in India for liberals and non-liberals alike. For in a true liberal spirit everyone is invited to join and share. With but a few qualification.

We are seeking original texts in English. These must be submitted no later than September 15, 2015 after which a small group of distinguished jurors will review the entries and select the winners. Everyone under the age of 35 years is invited t join. All essays must be original and not have been published anywhere else before. The texts should not be longer than 2500 words and be submitted by email as a doc. or no more than 250 words and a short biography of the writer.

The authors of the 20 best essays will receive cash prizes and their texts will be published in a book with a prominent Indian publisher. The writer of the best essay will be invited to join an educational activity sponsored by the foundation in Germany.