After Vastu,

PTI / Financial Expres (India), Dec. 30, 2003
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New Delhi, December 30: After Vastu, it has now been found that over 40 Indian concepts including Veda, Ayurveda and Gayatri have been registered as trademarks in Germany.

“It has been found that not only Vastu but 40 ancient Indian concepts, including Indian Sanskrit books Veda and medical entreaties Ayurved’ and a religious chant Gayatri have been registered as trademarks in Germany,” Ashwinie Kumar Bansal, director of the Vastu Shastra Institute told PTI here.

The institute had last week discovered that Vastu – an ancient Indian architectural concept— had been registered as a trademark by a German organisation, Samhita, sometime in 1998-99.

These trademarks have been registered by several organisations, including Samhita, which is run by followers of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Mr Bansal said adding that Mahesh Yogi was using Maharishi Veda and Maharishi Ayurveda as registered trademarks since Veda and Ayurveda had been already registered by other organisations in Germany.

While Veda had been registered as early as in 1984, Gayatri had been registered very recently, he said.

Mr Bansal, who is an arbitrator on the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) since 1996, said that he would soon approach the government and WIPO on this issue.

“I have also recently floated an intellectual property rights forum for the protection of Indian concepts, which will work as a watchdog against Indian concepts being used by foreigners abroad,” he said.

Mr Bansal claimed that the registration of Veda and Ayurveda as trademarks was being justified by Mahesh Yogi on grounds that “you cannot own a living person, but when he dies, his body organs can be claimed as property by others. Similarly, Sanskrit is a dead language and its words and concepts can be owned by anybody who registers them first.”

Other general terms registered by Mahesh Yogi are Vastu Vidya, Purusha, Vedic Science and Mother Divine. Similarly, a patient’s traits of ‘Vata, Pitah and Kapha’ have also been found to be registered in Germany, he said.

Mr Bansal warned that unless the government took notice of these development, India would lose control over the use of words of Indian origin such as ‘Brahmacharya’ and ’Langot’.

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