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Young research interns and graduates of seminars held annually by the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) formed groups called Friends of Freedom (FOF) in their respective cities all across India. The purpose of these groups was to carry forward debates and discussions that were sparked during the CCS program and to include more like-minded people in the same. Motivated liberal youth, thus, formed and ran FOFs in their cities, Ranchi, Amritsar, Guwahati, Cochin, and Delhi, being the most active.

However, soon, the groups felt the need to consolidate their individual efforts under a national network, the discussion for which had been going on for years. At this stage, the Friedrich-Nauman-Stiftung für die Freiheit (a partner of CCS) offered to organize a strategy workshop for the active FOF members in December 2007.  Moderated by Dr. Stefan Melnik, the workshop led to a concrete action plan for the formation of such a centralized and national network and elections of the preparatory group responsible for acting on the plan. Few planning meetings later, Liberal Youth Forum (LYF) formally announced its launch on April 5th, 2008 in Mumbai.

Today, LYF is a legally registered trust that networks with liberal individuals and organisations across India to direct concrete action based on liberal ideas and generates popular support among its primary target group—the youth!