IPR policy and India's competitiveness

By Amit Kapoor,

India's current Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regime is at the cusp of a major change. The past year has been quite momentous for India’s IPR regime. It is because one is witnessing a shift in India's policy priorities with respect to broad measures that have been undertaken by the newly-elected government in the sphere of Intellectual Property. It is critical from an investment viewpoint. IP forms the basis of protection for both domestic as well as foreign companies in a developing economy.

Transplanting elephant head on human body! The magic of mythological fiction

By Ram Puniyani,

One of the best parts of childhood for me was to enjoy the mythological tales and become aware of the world where Lord Hanuman could fly, as the emergency herbal treatment is to be delivered to his master’s brother; Laxman. Lord Ram travelling by Pushpak Viman (aero plane), Lord Ganesha being planted with the head of elephant as his human head was chopped off by his father, all this was uncritically digested.

Montreal Protocol: One more 'BerlinWall' fell 25 years back

By Rajendra Shende,

The Montreal Protocol's entry into force gave birth to the freedom from yet another Iron Curtain.

'Wall of Shame!' moaned the Western proponents of freedom to describe 155 km of Berlin Wall that finally came down Nov 9, 1989. The architects of the Wall, however, called it 'anti-fascist protection', built to protect the population of the eastern socialists from fascist elements. The West-East divide was not just physical. It was a philosophically brutal experiment in socio-political theories.

Media coverage regarding AMU library row: Making a wrong mountain of a right molehill?

Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood,

An innocuous remark by the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) vice-chancellor seems to have been used by the local correspondent of a national newspaper as the proverbial bait to lure media attention. But, in the process, the 136-years-old seat of high learning had to suffer the ignominy of defamation.

Dangerous social engineering in Delhi ahead of assembly elections

By M Reyaz,,

What had started from Meerut to Moradabad has come to play out in Delhi neighbourhoods. From Trilokpuri to Bawana to Okhla, a unique and dangerous kind of social engineering is at play. Drum up a riot, no casualty only some people injured but you have the desired impact – communal polarization.

Is Japan in bubble territory again?

By Vatsal Srivastava,

With another round of a massive bond buying program unleashed by the Bank of Japan (BoJ), Nikkei bulls are most likely having the best time of their lives since the late 1980s. It is easy to ride in a sea of liquidity. Although, Currency Corner fears that the BoJ exit from its quantitative easing program will be a more complex scenario than the US Fed’s exit, the current upward bias towards Japan is likely to remain for the coming few quarters at least.


Is Kejriwal drifting away from old friends?

By Alok Singh ,

New Delhi: Is AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal slowly drifting away from his old associates and gravitating towards a new set of aides for advise and consultation in order to project a new image for his two-year-old party? His recent public appearances and press conferences seem to suggest so as some of the key leaders who have been with the party since its inception are no longer seen close to Kejriwal.

The MIM narrative: For or against Muslims?

By Raoof Mir,

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) registered its first impressive debut performance in a region outside its area of influence i.e. Hyderabad by bagging two seats in the recently held Maharashtra state legislative elections. It has stirred up a contentious debate across various circles in the country.

BJP-Congress tension will hurt reforms

By Amulya Ganguli,

It has long been said that the economic reforms are irreversible. Moreover, the Left claims that both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are on the same page on this subject since they both pursue what the Communists call "neo-liberal" policies.

Reformer and ruler: No need to mix the role of two

By Soroor Ahmed,,

Taking up a broom and asking the people to do the same may bring about some cosmetic changes in the society, but it would not be a lasting solution.

When Raja Ram Mohan Roy raised his voice against sati, child marriage and stood for widow re-marriage etc he did so because he has his limitations. He was not in power to enact laws against these social evils and get them strictly implemented.