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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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THE SOUTH ASIA EXECUTIVE BOARD


Abeed Khader

Co Chair Academics, South Asia EB 2018/19

Abeed Khader

Co Chair Academics, South Asia EB 2018/19

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 job in Priedemann Facade Experts.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: David Friedman, Jason Brennan,  Kevin Carson, 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

 

 

 

Ayemen Fatima

Chair Woman, Executive Board South Asia 2018/19

Ayemen Fatima

Chair Woman, Executive Board South Asia 2018/19

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.

GAURAB DAHAL

Co- Chair Events

GAURAB DAHAL

Co- Chair Events

Bio: Gaurab Dahal has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Kathmandu University. Currently, he works as business development director in Debate Network Nepal.

For Gaurab, SFL has helped him become compassionate towards others. He says, 'Being a libertarian means understanding where one's rights end and responsibilities begin. So, learning in SFL has helped me understand other's perspective.

The journey and zeal of understanding people's perspective on liberty and individual freedom and acquainting people to the essence of libertarianism keeps me motivated.'

Favourite Libertarian Figures: Freidrich Hayek, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman.

HARSHIT BHATIA

Chair Digital Activism, South Asia EB 2018/19

HARSHIT BHATIA

Chair Digital Activism, South Asia EB 2018/19

Bio: Harshit Singh Bhatia is currently pursuing his law from New Delhi, India.  He is always enthusiastic in exploring new ideas and his energy sometimes goes to next level. He always had his heart in liberty and SFL gave him a platform to channelize is ideology. He aims towards spreading happiness and working for humanity. He is fond of eating, cooking, and cracking random jokes. He believes that no matter what happens there’s always a silver lining and one should never lose that beautiful smile

Favourite Libertarian Figures: Federic Bastiat, Milton Friedman

On liberty and SFL: Liberty is a way of life which everyone should have access to and thus SFL becomes a platform for people like us to spread the message and make world a liberal place. SFL has brought a change in me and I have certainly become more liberal and educated on liberty.

KIRTIKA TREHAN

Regional Director, North India

KIRTIKA TREHAN

Regional Director, North India

Bio: Kirtika is a budding Social worker, born and brought up in Delhi, calls herself an environmentalist, and works in a village to bring happiness in lives of the people. She completed her graduation with a honours degree in Political Science from Delhi University, where she first came across the readings of thinkers, right from Plato to Machiavelli and from Marx to Mill. She was moved by different ideas of a perfect society. After Graduation she decided to herself be the change she wishes to see and therefore is now pursuing her Post-graduation in Social Work.

On liberty: She comes from a college which glorifies poverty and believes that Communism is the way out of this clout, but she has agreed to disagree and constructs her own opinions on society and economy. To her individual comes before the community in a society and trade is not a zero-sum game, it is a positive-sum game. Liberty to her is all about having the ability to freely express herself in all- personal, academic and professional fronts. She was moved by readings of Tom Palmer and Ken Schooland.

MOHAMMAD ANAS S. KHAN

Co-Chair Academics and Research, South Asia Executive Board 2018/19

MOHAMMAD ANAS S. KHAN

Co-Chair Academics and Research, South Asia Executive Board 2018/19

Bio: Anas is a law student from Amity Law School, Mumbai and, is currently in the 4th year pursuing B.A.,LL.B ( Hons.).

Anas believes that the Philosophy of Law and Jurisprudence is still devoid of liberty. He works with a conviction to change this narrative. He embraced liberty as a principle in life after ‘donning the Communist cap for as long as Che Guevera himself wouldn’t.’ He can rightly be called ‘a learner who believes that expertise in any field is merely a self-imposed stagnancy’. He has a career interest in Public International Law.

For Anas, “Liberty has never been a question of definition. To define something such as liberty would mean to confine it to a grossly limited understanding of black and white. He believes that liberty can only be described as the practice of individual freedom without violating the established liberty of another”.
Apart from reading and learning about Liberty, Orientalism, Theology, International law and Allied Studies, he is known to be a clumsy creature at times. He loves reading literature in Urdu, Persian and English alike and, believes that tea and laal maas are his intoxicants.

PRAMILA RAMTEL

Regional Director, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh

PRAMILA RAMTEL

Regional Director, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh

Bio: Pramila is currently a student of Biotechnology at Kathmandu University, Nepal. She is a travel enthusiast and a keen learner.

She was introduced to the philosophy of classical liberalism in 2016 when she participated in a colloquium organized by SASFL members in Nepal. She was intrigued by the idea of individual freedom and the quality of discussion. She joined SASFL as a local coordinator in 2017 and continues to explore and advance the movement of liberty in Nepal. She believes that the world will eventually become more just when people realize the scope of their individual freedom and respect that of others.

Sougandhi Bogupally

Regional Director, South India and Sri Lanka

Sougandhi Bogupally

Regional Director, South India and Sri Lanka

Bio: Sougandhi was born and brought up in Hyderabad. Currently pursuing Masters in Development from Azim Premji University Benguluru. 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.

USMAN LATIF

Regional Director, Pakistan and Afghanisthan

USMAN LATIF

Regional Director, Pakistan and Afghanisthan

Bio: Usman is a Marcom Technologist and he hacks growth for businesses with a mix of marketing, communication, and user experience (UX) strategies. He runs his digital media agency, Marcom Works and an NGO, Open Humanitarians. He is a strong believer in humanity and believes that humanitarian values should be respected at any cost. He encourages everyone to open up for the greater good and resolve the conflicts and pave the way for future generations with dialogue, peace and harmony. He believes that this can only be achieved if we start respecting the individuality and freedom.

The thought of an individual being an entity with rights and freedom was a fantasy to me, until I got to know about the libertarianism. I wanted to learn more and SFL has been a great opportunity for me to not only learn liberty, but also network with other like minded people.

VAIBHAV WADHWA

Co- Chair Events

VAIBHAV WADHWA

Co- Chair Events

Bio: Vaibhav Wadhwa is an enthusiast Software Developer, and is a Graduate in Computer Application. He is a strong supporter of free markets, decentralisation of power and individual rights. He spends his leisure time pursuing his hobbies, which include photography, programming and obsessing over Harry Potter.

Favourite Libertarian Figures: Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman

On liberty and SFL: He believes that Liberty is an enriching experience, it makes you a better version of yourself. For him, Freedom and Liberty are like a pair of gloves, they give meaning to each other.

 

ZAIRA ZAFROON

Chair Communications, South Asia EB 2018/19

ZAIRA ZAFROON

Chair Communications, South Asia EB 2018/19

Bio: Zaira Zafroon was born in Dhaka in September 1997 on a dark night which is probably why she has a passion for dark makeup. She is studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from BRAC University Bangladesh. She loves to prove her point right and wants to help change the world. This had led her to discover debating as a passion and health science as a profession. Her target for the next 5 years is to actively work to bring a social change so that feminism can flourish in south Asia. Writing is her outlet and this passion paved her way to join in as the editor for Phuture a pharmaceutical publication by IPSF and joining as the chair of communications of SASFL for the 2018-2019 mandate to change people’s views through her writing.

Favourite Libertarian Figures: Begum Rokeya

On liberty and SFL: "Liberty to me is change in the society. I believe I did well in the birth of lottery: my parents loved me, I am in a privileged position to have my voice heard and exercise my rights. Most women do not have this privilege. I believe that libertarianism is the only shot common people have  for leading a fulfilling life, especially women. Thus, I want to actively work to bring that change in my society."

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