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Finally! India Moves To Patent 900 Yoga Asanas.

In Health, India, Legal on June 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm

From Bollywood remakes, video piracy, generic medicines, copycat Internet startups and other creative ‘lifting,’ India doesn’t have the greatest track record on Intellectual Property Rights. The same complacency led to it losing its ownership on yoga and medicines that have been handed down over centuries.

As yoga has moved from marginal to mainstream, US authorities have issued 150 yoga-related copyrights, 134 patents on yoga accessories and 2,315 yoga-related trademarks. (2007 Times Online article)

It’s great to hear we’ve finally caught up with the reality that is the free market.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has prepared patent formats of nearly 900 yoga asanas (postures), to prevent European and American companies involved in fitness-related activities from claiming them as their own. (Full Post at Hindustan Times)

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Israeli Gay Father Refused Permission To Bring Twins Born From Indian Surrogate Home.

In Human Rights, India, Legal on May 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm

‘Build it and they will come’ goes the paraphrased quote from the movie Field Of Dreams. That’s what Indian doctors did – offered a cheap surrogacy option to childless parents desperate to have children, the Indian surrogate Field Of Dreams.  And come they did.

Who is responsible for the resulting ethical and legal mess? Indian doctors out to make a fast quick buck? Childless parents who rushed for the cheap surrogate option? Both governments that didn’t take action till it was too late?

A homosexual father of twins who were born to a surrogate mother in India is being denied permission to enter the country with his infant sons. The move stems from a family court’s refusal to issue a standard legal order that would pave the way for the children to obtain Israeli citizenship. (Read full post at Haaretz)

Picasso’s ‘Nude, Green Leaves and Bust’ & Indian Teachers In White Saris.

In India, Legal on May 7, 2010 at 7:03 pm

We tried but really couldn’t figure out what the two have in common. But evidently the high court judge who ruled that a school couldn’t force teachers to wear white saris did. Maybe the judge’s mind was preoccupied with the whopping $106.5 million the painting just sold for.

But the more important question is why the heck is the school telling teachers what to wear. And why white saris?

Koteshwar Rao. India’s Public Enemy #1?

In India, Legal on February 17, 2010 at 8:09 am

Evidently the mastermind of the Silda ambush, and India’s “most wanted fugitive” who has very easy access to media (1, 2, 3) but law enforcement can’t find him?

Does the picture below tell you what kind of farce this is?

Not Male. Not Female. But Other. A Victory For India’s Eunuchs.

In Human Rights, India, Legal on November 14, 2009 at 10:24 am

A powerful statement from India to the world in recognizing the status of its 6+ million eunuchs.

(Telegraph) India’s eunuchs and transsexuals have won a long-running campaign to be listed as ‘others’, distinct from males and females, on electoral rolls and voter identity cards.