by: Sanjeev Gandhi
This narrative highlights two key areas pertaining to liberalization. Mr. Sanjay Gandhi recounts the difficulty in obtaining kerosene, due to stringent quotas and limits on distribution. The ‘kerosene license’ referenced to in the story, is a documen...
by: SS Dhanoa
In 1981-82, I was on deputation at International Crops, the Research Institute in Hyderabad (I was getting my salary in dollars there). It was the only International agricultural Institute in India at that time. International Agricultural Research In...
by: Shashi Tharoor
In a series of newspaper articles...right-of-center congressman Vasant Sathe had pointed out that the public-sector steel industry in India employed ten times as many people to produce half as much steel as the South Koreans (according to 1986 figure...

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India before 1991: Stories of life under the License Raj

Almost half of India is born after 1991 economic reforms. To make sure that they understand the lessons of history, at the 25th anniversary of the reforms, Centre for Civil Society aims to bring to light human interest stories from across the country highlighting the life under the license raj as well as the crucial role that liberalization played in improving the lives of our people. The reforms were proof of the acceptance of the value of economic freedom, whose importance we need to continue to advocate. This research will provide a greater understanding of the long-term impact of liberal policy reforms as well as the value that open markets have and continue to bring into our lives in contemporary times.

Crowd Source Stories

Short videos, audio messages, photo essays and articles from individuals representing all sections of society through online platforms, in-house research, partnerships with profession- specific associations and groups.