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Supreme Court says name of holy book can’t be used as trademark

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New Delhi: Supreme Court of India has said that no one can claim the name of holy books like Ramayana, Quran or Bible and use them as a trademark for selling goods and stuff.

The bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and RK Agarwal said on Wednesday that answer to the question whether the names of such books can be used as a trademark was a clear no. They said that it could hurt people’s sensibilities.

The ruling was the result of an appeal filed by Bihar-based Lal Babu Priyadarshi, who had sought to trademark the word ‘Ramayan’ to sell incense sticks and perfumes, against the order of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB).

The Court also said that the use of pictures of Gods to sell items was not allowed as it was like taking advantage of God.

While this judgment concerns the practice of using God for selling stuff, something should be done about using God for political gains. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti had made such a remark during the campaign of 2104 elections wherein she invoked lord Rama and hurled abuses at others.

Religion is always used as a big weapon of persuasion. A normal person usually fears questioning anything related to religion and a lot of people take advantage of it.

The governments apparently refrain from going for course correction, lest they should lose their ‘vote bank’.

Strong decisions like this from the Supreme Court always help to stop the misuse of innocent people’s faith.

Religion is a personal thing and it should be kept personal.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Big reforms made India fastest growing major economies globally: Garg

It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries

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The RBI building in Mumbai. Photo credit: AFP/Sajjad Hussain

The major reforms undertaken by the Indian government for raising economic growth and maintaining macroeconomic stability have made the country one of the fastest growing major economies in the world, said Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA).

Garg was addressing the Special Event hosted by US-India Strategic Partnership Forum on ‘Indian Economy: Prospect and Challenges’ in Washington D.C on Friday.

Indian economy needs big reform.

He said the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) represented an “historic economic and political achievement, unprecedented in Indian tax and economic reforms, which has rekindled optimism on structural reforms.” He further emphasized that India carried-out such major reforms when the global economy was slow.

“With the cyclical recovery in global growth amid supportive monetary conditions and the transient impact of the major structural reforms over, India will continue to perform robustly,” Garg said.

During his meetings, Garg highlighted that the digital age technologies have profound implications for policies concerning every aspects of the economy. It also has enormous implications for emerging markets and developing countries.

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He expressed that the response to such a transformation will have to shift from ‘catch up’ growth to adoption/adaption of digital technologies for development and growth.

Garg also informed that India has started adopting policies and programmes for transforming systems of delivery of services using digital technologies and connecting every Indian with digital technologies and access through Aadhaar and other such means.

Indian economy should be on rise. www.mapsofindia.com

While citing the example of expanding mobile data access, he mentioned that India is now the largest consumer of mobile data in the world with 11 gigabytes mobile data consumption per month. He informed that India is investing in digital technologies, encouraging private sector to adapt these technologies and also addressing the taxation related issues by introducing equalisation levy.

Garg is currently on an official tour to Washington D.C. to attend the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and other associated meetings. He is accompanied by Urjit Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India and other senior officials. IANS

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