Monday, May 4, 2009

LYF in the Press

Atlas Network


FNF's LYF launch coverage

Beyond Borders

Center for Civil Society

Campus Pulse Project 2009

Liberal Youth Forum is going to launch a Campus Pulse project which will be all about grooming and facilitating outstanding candidates affiliated with our network- who are students and possess the capacity to take up leadership positions in various parts of the nation.

We will train the coordinators and mentors in communication, project execution and other skills so they are fully equipped to take up their respective projects forward…be it seminars, plays, discussion forums, publications etc..but they must be aligned with our goals of spreading liberal solutions in campus

These coordinators will work closely with LYF core and mentors to organise activities in line with the aim of mobilising students to take up campus governance issues and take-up leadership positions in campus councils.

Interested? Join us

If you are a student and are interested in applying to become our campus coordinator. Please go here to fill up the form

LYF India Kick-starts its programs

LYF-India now has a pan-India outreach in its first six months. It is working in three regions with regional partners. An estimated three hundred young people will be added to the LYF-India network through three local-level projects. The national theme that LYF will be working on this year is “Citizenship and Youth”. The programs are supported by FNF.


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LYF -India together with Prabodh is conducting two workshops for twenty five youth participants each, on October 1 and 3 in New Delhi. In Jamshedpur and Ranchi, LYF- India and Pratigya will organise “Are we really free?” Seminars. LYF India and CPPR partnership will organise State Level RTI Convention for College Students in the coming months. Write to us at if you wish to know more!

Liberal Youth Fourm Launched

On 5 April 2008, Liberal Youth Forum of India was launched in Mumbai amidst a distinguished audience.Mr. Sharad Joshi, Honourable Member of the Rajya Sabha graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Dr. Rene Klaff, the Regional Director FNSt South Asia and Dr. Parth J Shah, President of Center for Civil Society. Both these organisations have been instrumental in this join up of youth.The launch began with Yavnika introducing Amit Varma, Iris Madiera, and Gurcharan Das as already confirmed members for the advisory board. This was followed by a presentation made by Dhanu about how LYF-India was founded –the journey with CCS and FNST the objectives, self image, activities and structure. Sharad Joshi, leader of the Swantantra Bharat Party, some important points from his speech: He first talked about the importance of defining a liberal since it was one of the tenets of membership of LYFIndia. Here, he also referred to the definition of ‘youth’ to be subjective but agreed that it was good to have an age bar since most ‘youth wings’ of political parties in India did not actually have youngsters in it. He also mentioned the problems a liberal party encounters owing to the fact that the Indian Constitution forbids any political party to be formed unless the affidavit is signed which declares that the party swears to the oath of socialism.Mr Joshi also talked about how the terms ‘Liberalism’ and ‘Libertarianism’ were used interchangeably in the US and also traced how the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr had led to a period of recession in liberal movement in the USA. In the Indian context, he traced the roots of liberalism to ‘Vedanta’ and talked about the doyens of Indian liberalism, mainly Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagoplachari.Then he talked about his political party and its origin as the Shetkari Sangathan which was a ‘Farmers’ movement of its kind in the world against farmer’s subsidies, and in favour of free markets and technology. This movement later lay foundation for the Swatantra Bharat Party which is a quasi-liberal party, believing in individual freedom and sceptical about the collective. Joshi even quoted Locke at this stage, about how the individual was the centre of the universe without any masters, and all individuals were unique. He also distributed some copies of his Party’s Manifesto and how it devoted most pages to issues concerning law and order. Mr Joshi finally mentioned that it was more important to find people who were willing to work with LYF-India than to select them/focus on whether they are liberals or not. Mr Rene Klaff congratulated LYF-India on its formation, and also mentioned how organized liberalism was weak in this region and needed to be strengthened. This was followed by the announcement of results by dr. Parth Shah.Dr. Parth emphasized on knowledge based activism in college campuses and ensuring that LYF India was structured in a liberal fashion itself. He also defined a liberal, in an attempt to try and answer the question raised by Mr Joshi in his speech earlier; he delineated three value systems that are the basis of a liberal. Personal values - rationality, honesty and integrity, Social values - tolerance, benevolence, free exchange and Political values – liberty, rule of law, principle of subsidiary. The results of the elections were announced after this and the new board members of LYF-India – Swati, Yavnika, Gautam, Roji and Rajan took oath. Mr. Joshi launched the vibrant logo of LYF India and wished the nascent organization the very best for its upcoming projects. (Yavnika Khanna and Renu Pokharna)