10th April 2017
Extract from my letter to India’s think tanks that promote liberty
I’ve never before come across any academic in India who formally teaches capitalism. It was therefore an amazing experience to come across David, who has taken membership of Swarna Bharat Party after reading my TOI article.
David and Debraj Mookerjee of Ramjas (Debraj, who has also joined SBP, is Sauvik Chakraverti’s cousin) are among India’s few true liberals. The distinction I draw between a true liberal and a student of liberty (like Hayek or the infinite number of “think tanks” of the world) is that the true liberal fights for liberty politically. In my view, liberty is purely political and has to be wrested back by each generation from the inevitable encroachments of liberty by government.
David had never heard of xx or xx )which also shows clearly that think tanks are essentially a pointless exercise. Liberty is political and we must engage in all politics, including student politics. It is amazing that students in Delhi – David studied in JNU – have not heard about India’s only liberal think tanks which are located right in the heart of Delhi).
I believe David will benefit significantly from getting to know you. You have some of the best collections in India on books of liberalism. As you know, Indian [university] libraries only contain socialist documents, so it will be great for David to visit your respective libraries and use them to further build his knowledge and expertise.
I trust you’ll also consider the that liberty is purely political and move into politics – and thus join Gurcharan Das, David Zou and Debraj Mookerjee in fighting for liberty, instead of merely studying it. There is a time for study and there is a time for action to fight for your own rights.
I hope that Debraj and David will help start a student wing of SBP. We need to take the message of liberty to the colleges and universities. Liberty must rule – in order to defend itself from its enemies.