Bad business all round
Neither the market regulator nor the Supreme Court has been able to bring crooked businessmen to book
Leaving the farmer in his agony
The BJP government is set on introducing policies which will deepen the agrarian crisis instead of reviving the rural economy
Old wisdom, new threats
Traditional knowledge has long been under threat but the proposed text of talks at World Intellectual Property Office is unlikely to protect it …
Taking labour out of the picture
Modi's focus on clearing impediments for industry leaves the worker out in the cold
India's gold follies and food security
Why are lawmakers so ready to forego huge tax revenues on gold but baulk at spending on food for the poor?
In the name of the farmer
Making labour the fall guy
BJP thinks undoing labour laws will spur a manufacturing boom. Even now workers enjoy little protection or social security
Waging war on state
Why are the dispossessed accused of undermining the nation when it is crooked politicians, businessmen who are destroying it?
Our Frugal Innovation
India is working on a model of inclusive innovation to provide solutions for people at the bottom of the heap. Will it work?
If only we'd listened to Kosambi
India shelved solar energy in favour of nuclear energy and now we are miles behind China and the US
Blood on the Internet
Governments are censoring digital content on the ground that it infringes intellectual property rights or offends people. Can they be stopped?
Modi and irrational exuberance
India's youth is pinning its hopes of jobs on the development promise of Modi. Can he deliver?
Annoying the US, our way
Despite close cooperation with American enforcement officials, US unhappy with India’s report card
The Microsoft way
Wherein an Indian firm using pirated Microsoft software here is sued in the US by California state for using unfair trade advantage
Looming threat of a secretive trade pact
Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will extend restrictive intellectual property laws globally
The great biodiversity vanishing trick
Medicines Pool Swirls
Drug companies are slowly joining the UN effort to offer life-saving patented medicines to poor countries but the terms are sometimes restrictive
Kingfisher and Cronies
A Query For Kaushik Basu
Beware of Obama's trade agenda
Can we trust Arvind Subramanian not to push for the kind of concessions the US will be demanding from India?
Menacing US diplomacy
Specialist attachés are strenuously pushing maximalist intellectual property rules worldwide
The Smithsonian steps on the ants
Iconic museum files patent claim on fungi to control leafcutter ants—a well-known fact
Myriad gains, we all lose
The US appeals court has upheld the patents for isolated human genes, ignoring scientists’ warning that it would obstruct vital research …
Where is the sceptical indian scientist?
WHOSE SEED IS IT ANYWAY?
The rich world’s mania for patenting seeds and pushing the UPOV agenda do not aid food security or biological diversity