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The population of South Asia is about 1.749 billion or about one fourth of the world's population, making it both the most populous and the most densely populated geographical region in the world.The current territories of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka form the countries of South Asia


SASFL aims to inspire a new generation of libertarian leadership in the sub-continent. To this end SASFL conducted its inaugural conference in Asia on on 17th and 18th January, 2015 at New Delhi attended by more than 300 participants.

Imagine if one day a fourth of humanity lived in a libertarian society?
Some may say we're dreamers
But we're not the only ones
We hope today you'll join us

 

 

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February 27, 2018

List of Eight Ridiculously Absurd Laws in India

By Avadhoot Potnis, Chair of Academics, South Asia Executive Board  India is the land of organized, orchestrated chaos. Its multifarious angles, inherent contradictions, and a penchant for bypassing the establishment in the […]
February 27, 2018

Colloquium : Why We Must Engage In Reasoned Dialogue

By Anas Khan, Local Coordinator, SASFL Socrates, during his glorious time of challenging the establishment and prevalent convictions within the Greek socio-political landscape, challenged his own beliefs. He did this by pursuing […]
February 20, 2018

Shree Agnihotri
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 SFL SUCCESS STORY: Shree Agnihotri SFL South Asia Student leader and former staff member from India now studying law at NYU Shree Agnihotri, a former student leader and Students For Liberty staff […]

THE SOUTH ASIA EXECUTIVE BOARD


Abeed Khader

Chairman, South Asia Executive Board

Abeed Khader

Chairman, South Asia Executive Board

Bio: Born and grew up in Kerala, India. Abeed completed his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from KMEA Engineering College in 2015. He was introduced to Libertarianism through Tom G Palmer’s ‘Why Liberty’ that was printed and distributed by SFL leaders of the 2014 South Asia chartered teams. He created ‘Students For Liberty – Kerala’ in 2014 prior to joining SFL, to promote classical liberalism in Kerala; which is a state in India dominated by communist ideals. He was taken in as a South Asia Local Coordinator in the same year. He also served as the head of B. Pokker Sahib Memorial Legal Study Centre at his college; the club discussed and conducted speaker sessions on various regulatory laws in Indian industries. He continues volunteering in SFL along with his designing job in Priedemann Facade Experts.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: David Friedman, Jason Brennan, Murray Rothbard, Frédéric Bastiat etc.

On Liberty: “The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem; it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.”– David Friedman

 

 

 

Ashank Upadhyay

Co-Chair of Academics and Digital Activism, South Asia

Ashank Upadhyay

Co-Chair of Academics and Digital Activism, South Asia

Avadhoot Potnis

Chair of Academics, South Asia

Avadhoot Potnis

Chair of Academics, South Asia

Bio: Avadhoot is a law student pursuing his degree from Symbiosis Law School, Pune. Born and brought in the small city of Bhopal, he was in dark about the whole libertarian movement for a long time. But liberty was a natural instinct to him, and he was eventually discovered by SASFL members. He is the quintessential jack of all trades, trying his hand in music, dance, writing, poetry, stand up, debates, MUNs and what not. Diversified as he is, he is now focusing on building his career in Research and Academia. He hides his quirks behind his shyness and is often found quoting Tyrion Lannister in inappropriate situations.

Favourite Libertarian Figures: Frédéric Bastiat, F.A Hayek, Milton Friedman

On Liberty/SFL: I think liberty is the default setting for any human being. You mind your business and I will mind mine. As simple as that. While growing up I was always confused about what to believe in, and once I was introduced to libertarianism, it was like a homecoming for me. Students for Liberty is this amazing network of people, it is like a second family to me. There is a genuine comradery between the members. It is platform where people are ready to discuss rather than propagate, where people are open to ideas, even those which they do not like. And I think this is a very special thing in these days.

Ayemen Fatima

Chair of Events, South Asia and Regional Director, Pakistan

Ayemen Fatima

Chair of Events, South Asia and Regional Director, Pakistan

Bio: Ayemen is currently pursuing her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in Hyderabad, India. She was engaged into SFL through the idea of promoting peace through liberty and has taken up a keen interest in the economics of free markets and drug law reforms. She believes equality and individual freedom are the essences of a just society. She is passionate about creating abstract art, swimming, reading sci-fi books and is a food and travel enthusiast.

Favourite Libertarian Figure: Ayn Rand, Jeffrey Tucker

On Liberty/SFL: SFL is a beautiful platform that is bringing together students of various cultures, educating them about fundamental individual rights, importance of a freer society and is advancing harmony in doing so.

Bhanvi Satija

Chair of Communications, South Asia

Bhanvi Satija

Chair of Communications, South Asia

BioBhanvi Satija was born in Delhi in February 1996, just in time to welcome the spring. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. She is currently pursuing her Master's in International Journalism from City, University of London. Her love for the profession has taken her to serve as the Community Editor at Youth ki Awaaz, Campus Watch for the year 2016-17 and it is what makes her the Communications Chair at South Asia Students for Liberty. She is an avid traveller, a voracious reader and a passionate storyteller. She cares deeply about women’s issues and in the next three years, plans to “do enough to call [herself] a feminist” and travel widely whilst trying to change the world with her writing. 

Favourite Figure: Ayn Rand

On Liberty: For Bhanvi - "Liberty has always meant a way of life, and personally, it's the only way of life that I have known while growing up. In my family, every important decision was taken with a consensus of all four members, and I always had the freedom to do anything and everything I wanted. However, I also believe that this way of life is something that each of us as humans are naturally entitled to; which basically means that if I am free to do things I want to do, I feel that everyone else should be too. The only catch being we shouldn't be hurting anybody else or taking away their freedom to do things.Through students for liberty, I received the much-needed exposure to formulated ideas of libertarianism. I finally found ideas that I could relate to, especially the personal freedoms that libertarianism believes everybody should have. Moreover, due to my association with this organization - I have only learned and grown - both professionally and personally."

Dhanya Mallar

Regional Director, Developing Regions in South Asia

Dhanya Mallar

Regional Director, Developing Regions in South Asia

Bio: Dhanya is from Kerala and is presently living in Pune.  She is a law student at Symbiosis Law School, Pune. She lives by the motto ' Explore. Experiment. Evolve.' which means she is always exploring for new opportunities, experimenting with her life and evolving as a better person. She loves cooking. She was awed by communism before she was introduced to ideas of liberty by SFL. She wants to gain more knowledge about the ideas and aspire to be a libertarian eventually.

Favourite Libertarian Figure: Ken Schoolland

On Liberty/SFL: When the whole world is filled with noise and so many opinions, SFL helps me interact with so many libertarians and everything starts making sense. The exposure I receive in SFL is what motivates me the most.

Kiran Nair

Chair of Digital Activism, South Asia

Kiran Nair

Chair of Digital Activism, South Asia

Bio: Kiran Ramakrishnan Nair is from India. He is a technocrat graduated from M.G.U and is the C.O.O of Indian Software Company Cloudviews Consultancy Services. After reading Frédéric Bastiat's “The law “he became acquainted with the ideas of liberty. In 2014, he entered the South Asia S.F.L as a Volunteer, and then participated and help conduct Competitions and talks on libertarian ideals. In 2016 he applied for the SFL Local Coordinator program and on completion, he is with the team helping the growth of the libertarian movement in South Asia and was accepted into the South Asia Executive Board in 2017. Due to his expertise in online marketing, he is interested in Methods of Digital Marketing and Activism for SFL to propagate liberty.

Favourite Libertarian Figure: Fredric Bastiat, Ron Paul, Tom G. Palmer

On Liberty/SFL:  Today students are groomed with the notion that change is bad and being stable is the best thing, they are told that radical ideas are the work of rebels. SFL is where Students are empowered to bring a shift in our society by advancing liberty. SFL works across the world, to advance the message of liberty where people are subjugated to biased as well as oppressive rule. I am proud to be a part of SFL.

Kunal Kundra

Regional Director, North India Region

Kunal Kundra

Regional Director, North India Region

Bio: Kunal Kundra is pursuing his graduation in the field business from jamia millia islamia. He holds interest in history, books and music (daydreamer). He believes that change in perspective, cannot change the reality but it will change the meaning you give to it, that's what it takes to live life better.

Favourite Libertarian Figures: John Stuart Mill

On Liberty/SFL: My joining the SFL is a serendipitous experience, from a mail in my spam folder to executive board. SFL to me is not a just a organisation but it is a part of ideologies. From a business graduation student who only cared about organization behaviour and marketing strategies to talking about libertarianism and no harm principle, that transition has been possible only and only cause of SFL.

Naina Jindal

Chair of Events, South Asia

Naina Jindal

Chair of Events, South Asia

Bio: Naina is a Law student at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala. Her area of interest includes Constitutional Law and Criminal Law. Although she always believed in the personal freedom and minimalistic role of government, she was formally introduced to Libertarian ideology in the first year of her Law School. Besides Libertarian philosophy, she likes to indulge herself in Travelling.

Favourite Libertarian Figures: Fredrick Hayek, Milton Friedman

On Liberty/SFL: I believe that the world is sure to collapse if we don't respect the rights of others and SASFL does not only believes in these ideas but has actively worked towards preserving them.

Partha Valluri

Chair of Academics, South Asia

Partha Valluri

Chair of Academics, South Asia

Siksha Bhattarai

Regional Director, Nepal

Siksha Bhattarai

Regional Director, Nepal

Bio: Siksha Bhattarai is a student at Dharan College of Management at Purwanchal University currently pursuing her bachelor degree in business administration (BBA). Being a management student she has a keen interest in economic freedom and the free market. Currently, she is leading libertarian movement in Nepal as an active liberty activist. Her paramount leadership has helped to boost up the college movement of SASFL in Nepal.

Favourite Libertarian Figure: Frédéric Bastiat, Friedrich Hayek and Ayn Rand

On Liberty/SFL: Her interest in libertarianism is due to her belief that a free market can only achieve the goal of economic progress in developing region like South Asia. For this, every student should be enlightened with the principles of liberty so that this region will get a liberal leader in future to secure a freer future.

Sougandhi Bogupally

Regional Director, South India Region

Sougandhi Bogupally

Regional Director, South India Region

Bio: Sougandhi was born and brought up in Hyderabad. She pursued Bachelors in history, political science and public administration from St. Francis College for Women Hyderabad. At age of seventeen, when she started studying politics and economics, she was exposed to several political loopholes which made her think about other alternatives. In 2016 when she attended SFL REGIONAL CONFERENCE, she was introduced to ideas on liberty, where she learnt that politics is not of force, but of persuasion of live and let live, of rejecting both subjugation and domination.

Favourite Libertarian Figures: Ayn Rand, John Locke, Robert Nozick

On liberty and SFL: What I don't know so outweighs what I do, so as knowledge prevails like an ocean and for better development of societies one need to understand study and practise. SFL has been a great platform to deepen my knowledge about Public policy, business development, entrepreneurial vision etc furthering my passion for liberty. SFL also provided me with good networking opportunities and helped me to meet like- minded people who share common ideas on liberty.

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