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New Delhi, filled with bustling markets and ancient monuments, is a top travel destination for both business and leisure. Serving as the capital of India and known for the world’s largest Hindu temple and the 17th century Red Fort, TripAdvisor listed New Delhi as one of its 2015 picks for “Travelers’ Choice Destinations.” Additionally, New Delhi is home to three of our six Atlas Network partners located in India. If you are traveling to New Delhi, be sure to stay plugged into the freedom movement from the moment you step off the plane by following some of our top New Delhi partners.
Centre for Civil Society
Ranked as one of the top 50 think tanks worldwide by the University of Pennsylvania, the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is helping lead social change across the region. CCS promotes political and economic liberty, individual rights, freedom of exchange, rule of law, and limited government. It engages in outreach by conducting and disseminating evidence-based research.
In a recent study, “Property Rights of Street Vendors,” CCS analyses and answers key question about the concept of property rights. Street vendors are protected by law under the 2014 Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Act, and CCS evaluates the degree to which this legal protection is afforded in practice to street vendors. The research has resulted in three key findings: the lack of safeguards within the act leave street vendors open to harassment from officers that confiscate their goods; there is little awareness about the protective law among street vendors; and street vending has not been included in urban planning efforts, which has led to huge logistical drawbacks in accommodating the vendors.
Liberty Institute has a mission to advance individual rights, the rule of law, limited government, and free markets by researching market-based alternatives to government regulations and advocating those changes in public policy.
India Awakes, a documentary airing on public television stations throughout the United States, is hosted by Swedish author and economist Johan Norberg and produced by Atlas Network partner Free to Choose Network. It tells the story of three individuals who have found economic and personal freedom in India during the country’s stunning economic transformation during the past two decades. One man's story is made possible by the work of Barun Mitra, the president of Liberty Institute. After India’s government finally passed legislation that would grant indigenous tribes legal title to their ancestral lands, Rama Bhai, a Sagai tribal leader had his application denied multiple times because he could not prove that his tribe had previously cultivated the land. Using a combination of GPS plotting and archived Google Earth satellite images of their land, Mitra helped prove the Sagai tribe’s property claims and acquire legal title to their traditional lands.
India Institute is founded on the vision of “a free and just society in which one has the right and opportunity to live a life of one's choice.” By promoting the values of independence, responsibility, integrity, and excellence, and by engaging in research, advocacy, and litigation, India Institute promotes a higher standard of education for all children.
A current India Institute research project, “Depriving through Licensing : How closing down an unlicensed school killed the aspirations of the poor,” studies the effects of regulation from the Right to Education Act (RTE). Implemented in 2009, RTE ostensibly makes fundamental education a right for children between the ages of 6 and 14, but bans small-scale private schools that operate without government recognition. This regulation has resulted in the closing of thousands of schools that had been serving the needs of low-income families. India Institute is intensively researching the effects of this ban at a school that caters to about 100 children living in slums. Most of the children have already dropped out or moved to neighboring schools because of the impending closure.