Delhi: Countering Government’s attempt to control internet social sites, youths of India is determined to retain its personal liberty. An exhaustive study among a cross section of youth across India, by New Delhi-based Centre for Civil Society (CCS), clearly shows that 72 % of the youngsters surveyed strongly voted for personal liberty.
They are against any kind of censorship on speech, media and internet. When asked what the youths think of whether there should be "law for sex among the consenting adults", the students of the colleges of Delhi responded in negative. The survey indicates, students in colleges of Delhi are in favour of free sex.
One of the students, Anuksha, a 2nd year Economics student from LSR said, "It's quite eye-opening, I was definitely surprised by the response."
Ankita Chettri, a final year History Student of St Stephen’s College was excited to see the results from other colleges. She felt it was a good insight on what other students think.
“I love that I could check my results against others from my college as well other colleges. It gave me an idea of how diverse we really are,” she opined.
The study has inspired CCS to stir the conscience of youth on personal and economic liberty through its campaign, Freedom of Caravan: The Morality of Capitalism. This campaign is in the shape of a unique festival for select Colleges in Delhi and Pune.
So far college campuses have enjoyed music and literary festivals. But according to Parth J Shah, President CCS, Freedom of Caravan will enable the students to understand what kind of social and economic system nurtures a corruption-free society.
Being held for the first time in India, Freedom of Caravan, a 10-day education fest, will be organized at major Delhi colleges likes Hindu, Venkateshwara, St Stephens, Gargi and Janaki Devi Mahavidyalaya. It is set to reach over 50,000 students in Delhi. The caravan will stop at various pre-planned locations where it will bring a street play, liberal literature and interactive activities.
In a novel concept, to promote awareness on "Capitalist Acts in Consenting Adults", among the tools utilized will be Freedom Caravan "Rickshaw" going from one college to another. According to CCS, even a poor man's rickshaw can be a sign of capitalism.
CCS will also organize Freedom Quiz besides Nukkar Natak and Music Concerts. There will also be a visual art competition --- Capitalism- Beauty or Beast – and the winner will have a chance to win Rs 45, 000 as prize money.
''What we're trying to do is promote new ideas and new leaders and create an intellectual revolution in the liberal direction. The youths are our future leaders, decision makers and policy makers who will control India's destiny,’’ says Parth J Shah.
Through Freedom Caravan campaign, CCS’s main initiative is to expose young people to the philosophy of liberty and current liberal policy issues and to help create a positive perception of liberal ideas among young people in India. CCS also aims to raise awareness about CCS initiatives: Azadi.me; Jeevika: Law, Liberty and Livelihood; School Choice Campaign.
During the campaign there will be engaging talks on the morality of Capitalism. High quality speakers will discuss various aspects of the morality of capitalism.
Tom Palmer, editor of the recently published The Morality of Capitalism, Swaminathan Aiyar, renowned columnist of the Times of India, and Parth J. Shah, President of the Centre for Civil Society will be among the dignitaries who will give their valuable inputs.
First Published: Wednesday, February 01, 2012, 12:50