Daily Archives: April 2, 2010

Stealing Asanas (things white people like)

The Star of Mysore exposes the hidden truth behind trips to Mysore:  copyright dreams.

Attempt to hijack knowledge about Turmeric, Neem, Yoga asanas

Traditional Knowledge Digital Library to fight piracy

Mysore, Mar.31 (JP) – At the recently held International Bio-diversity Conference organised by JSS Mahavidyapeetha and Organisation for Industrial Spiritual & Cultural Advancement – International (OISCA), Japan, at SJCE College in city recently, Kerala Minister for Environment and Forests, Binoy Visvam, who was one of the special invitees, said biopiracy was on the increase in India and the country should file for patents over many uses of plant and animal species used in traditional medicine.

The Kerala Minister was referring to attempts by western pharmaceutical and nutraceutical firms to patent drugs about which they had come to know from the traditional medicine practioners of India. Turmeric, Ginger, Basmati rice, Adhathoda Vassa, Arogya paccha and Neem have all been in news for the wrong reasons. Patents had been applied in the US and Europe for the ‘discovery’ of their uses.

This ‘Knowledge theft’ has extended to yoga asanas. United States alone has 130 yoga-related patents, 150 copyrights and 2,300 trademarks pertaining to yoga accessories. continue reading at the Star of Mysore.