September, 2015

Liberalism in India

  • G. P. Manish

    BB&T Professor of Economic Freedom, Manual H. Johnson Center of Political Economy, Troy University
  • Shruti Rajagopalan

    Senior Research Fellow
  • Daniel Sutter

    Senior Affiliated Scholar
  • Lawrence H. White

    Distinguished Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
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The authors give an overview of classical liberal ideas and their proponents in India over the last century. The liberal movement in India, especially during the postcolonial era, was defined by the socialist ideas it opposed. The authors detail the different stages of central planning in India and the liberal opposition to the planning apparatus. The liberal movement consisted of three components. First, dissent from the ideology of planning emanated from the halls of academia. This dissent was led in the 1950s almost singlehandedly by B. R. Shenoy, who was followed in later decades by other expatriate academics. Second, there has been an anti-planning movement in politics and civil society. And third, liberal voices have emerged recently in the media.