Towards “that heaven of freedom”

Issue 14 - Apr 2008

Gautam Bastian

The liberal vision is an Indian State that serves the citizens rather than being served by them. It is a secular state that treats all of the nation’s citizens without prejudice, respecting their individual rights and property. It is a vehicle that facilitates independent citizens to achieve their full potential. One simple way of envisioning the liberal state is to see it restricting itself to bare minimum functions. Such a state will also be less susceptible to capture by special interests.

The liberal vision of India is of a free nation of free citizens. This neither requires nor denies the need for a myth to build a cohesive basis for the nation. It does, however, looks beyond traditional group identities and recognises the diverse individuals who constitute India.