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India’s Traditional Pirates Page 1 India has set up a team of Hindu gurus and 200 scientists to identify all ancient yoga positions or asanas and register.

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1 India’s Traditional Pirates Page 1 India has set up a team of Hindu gurus and 200 scientists to identify all ancient yoga positions or asanas and register each one to stop "patent pirates" from stealing its So far, they have added 600 asanas to India's Traditional Knowledge Digital Library to stop so-called gurus in the United States and Europe patenting "Copyrights over yoga postures and trademarks on yoga tools have become rampant in the West. Till now, we have traced 130 yoga-related patents in the US. We hope to finish putting on record at least 1500 yoga postures by the end of http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/4783753/India-moves-to-patent-yoga-poses-in-bid- to-protect-traditional-knowledge.html 2009," said Dr V.P Gupta, of the CSIR, who created the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library. India has been angered at attempts by mostly American yoga teachers to patent moves from their classes as their own originals. Since its arrival in Britain and America in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when it was popularised by Beatles guitarist George Harrison, among others, Patanjali (Father of Yoga) Yoga has become a $225 billion industry. "traditional knowledge". established poses as their own.

2 Page 2 In 1995, the US Patent Office granted a patent on the wound-healing properties of turmeric. Indian scientists protested and fought a two-year-long legal battle to get the patent revoked. Last year, India won a 10-year-long battle at the European Patent Office against a patent granted on an anti-fungal product, derived from neem, by successfully arguing that the medicinal neem tree is part of traditional Indian. In 1998 the US Patent Office granted patent to a local company for new strains of rice similar to basmati, which has been grown for centuries in the Himalayan foothills of north-west India and Pakistan and has become popular internationally. After a prolonged legal battle, the patent was revoked. India hits back in 'bio-piracy' battle http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4506382.stm www.tkdl.res.in/tkdl/langdefault/common/Biopiracy.asp The tulsi (holy basil) Neem Leaves Turmeric Piracy of our cultural icon: Auction of gandhi’s Item: Gandhi's(Father of Indian Nation) personal items have been sold for $1.8 million at a New York City auction. James Otis offered Gandhi's iconic round glasses, a pocket watch, leather sandals, plate and bowl for sale. This auction activity was highly disappointed to the people of India. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7925686.stm India’s Traditional Pirates knowledge

3 Page 3 $52.95 http://www.zazzle.com/indian_nataraja_shiva_lord_of_dance_s hoes-167938363715505684 Nataraja [ The Lord (or King) of Dance] is a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the cosmic dancer. Nataraja is most often depicted through a statue.It is a well known sculptural symbol in India and popularly used as a symbol of Indian culture. This cultural icon was misused and used for selling at 53$ First Government should list out all our cultural icon and traditional items. Then set legal rights to prevent others from using & selling these articles without permission. The imperialistic minded country doesn’t respond to the Cultural & traditional values of developing & undeveloped countries. They are doing only for the purpose of business (Cultural Imperialism). These traditional pirates in the globalization era are modern “Nader shahs” (who carried off peacock throne & Kohinoor diamond from India). Finally, we must realize our own values & awake from western globalization illusion. We must be aware of this news in order to raise words for restoring our classical values. India’s Traditional Pirates http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/collections/69_46.html Shiva Nataraja (King of Dancers) Indian, Tamil Nadu (Tanjavur), late 1100s-early 1200s, Chola dynasty statue Bronze,38 5/8 by 28 by 12 inches Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Purchase, The Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund, 69.46 JAIHIND


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