Free Software Foundation of India

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The FSF India logo, By Niyam Bhushan

The Free Software Foundation of India (FSFI) Is an Indian sister organisation to the US-based Free Software Foundation. It was founded in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital of Kerala in 2001,[1] as a non-profit Company.[2] The FSFI advocates to promote the use and development of free software in India. This includes educating people about free software, including how it can help the economy of a developing country like India. FSF India regards non-free software as not a solution, but a problem to be solved. Free software is sometimes locally called swatantra software in India.

In 2003, after meeting with FSF founder Richard Stallman, the President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam[3][4] urged Indian computer scientists and professionals to use free and open-source software[5] in research and development.[6]


The left side of the FSF India logo resembles the famed Ashoka Chakra, that also appears on the Indian national flag, while its right half is a depiction of a compact disc. The combination of both symbols is intended to draw attention to the similarity between political freedom and free software, the latter of which the FSF promotes.

The Ashoka Chakra, in addition to being a long-standing Hindu symbol of time, also resembles Mahatma Gandhi's charkha (spinning wheel) and thus in the current context, may symbolize the Indian independence movement which resulted in India's freedom from British occupation.


Board of Directors[edit]

Working Group[edit]

  • Abhas Abhinav
  • Abhradip Mukherjee
  • Frederick Noronha
  • Renuka Prasad
  • Sasi PM
  • Sayamindu Dasgupta
  • Satish Babu
  • Sunil Mohan Adapa
  • Suraj
  • Tathagata Banerjee
  • Warren Brian Noronha


  • Anivar Aravind
  • Alpesh Gajbe
  • Praveen A
  • Sayamindu Dasgupta
  • Sunil Mohan Adapa

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