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Create, Copy, DisruptIndia's Intellectual Property Dilemmas$
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Prashant Reddy T. and Sumathi Chandrashekaran

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199470662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470662.001.0001

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The Queen of All Rices

The Queen of All Rices

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(p.286) 10 The Queen of All Rices
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Create, Copy, Disrupt
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Prashant Reddy T.

Sumathi Chandrashekaran

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470662.003.0010

This chapter discusses the Indian government’s several unsuccessful attempts to protect the uniqueness of basmati rice by registering it as a geographical indication. The taste and success of basmati is a credit to the generations of farmers who have skilfully bred their respective varieties of basmati, only to face stiff competition from government-sanctioned hybrids such as Pusa basmati, and government-sanctioned efforts to widen the definition of basmati. More worryingly, the Government of India has virtually ‘nationalized’ the basmati GI by allowing its own agencies to seek ownership of the GI, rather than empower the community of farmers, millers, and traders who have developed the basmati brand.

Keywords:   Basmati rice, trademark, Texmati, Ricetec, Tilda, jasmine, geographical indication (GI), APEDA, Pakistan, Pusa

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