The annual ‘Freedom Caravan’ of the New Delhi-based Centre for Civil Society will visit the Government Law College in Kozhikode on September 12.

Freedom Caravan is an internationally recognised programme that brings young people together to explore ideas about individual liberty and economic prosperity, according to the organisers. The programme consists of talks, working groups, and discussion on a chosen theme on campuses across the country.

This year, the Freedom Caravan is visiting 13 colleges in seven cities in the country. The theme this year is ‘Why is India poor?’ It will be discussed in three different groups that will debate on ‘Do stock brokers and mediators improve consumer welfare?,’ ‘Does capitalist means of production increase the wealth and prosperity of common people?’ and ‘Is a world without visa, quota and tax possible?’ The plan is to encourage democratic communication and expression of ideas through questions, answers, and debates.

Centre for Civil Society President Parth J. Shah, Barun Mitra of Liberty Institute, New Delhi, and Venture advisor Jayatheertha Rao are the major speakers in the Caravan.

In Kozhikode, the programme is being organised in association with the Clinical Justice Education Organisation of the Law College. Principal Lovely Poulose will inaugurate the programme. More than 200 students from various centres of higher learning in Kozhikode are expected to take part in the programme. For registration, contact Ph: 9446449684, 8891343226, 8547431477, or 8547782286.

It started off at IIT Delhi on August 21 and went on to visit Miranda House and Lady Shri Ram College for Women in Delhi; Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Hyderabad; Loyola Academy and IIT in Chennai; Mount Carmel College, St. Joseph’s College, and Christ University in Bangalore; and St. Agnes College and St. Aloysius College in Mangalore before reaching Kozhikode. The Caravan will conclude at Sacred Heart College in Kochi on September 13.

Centre for Civil Society is a non governmental non-profit research and education institution which holds the 51st position among the 150 economic policy development think tanks in the world, the organisers said. Similar programmes have been organised by sister-concerns in countries such as Brazil, Turkey, Germany, and Kyrgyzstan.

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