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The Truth Pill: The Myth of Drug Regulation in India

Simon & Schuster, 2022

Co-Authored with Dinesh S. Thakur

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Create, Copy, Disrupt: India’s dilemmas with Intellectual Property

Oxford University Press: 2017
co-authored with Sumathi Chandrashekaran

In 1947, a newly independent India was saddled with a host of intellectual property (IP) laws left behind by the British. In the following decades, India broke away from colonial IP legacies, while navigating international treaty negotiations in the light of its redefined national interests. These changes affected ordinary lives—be it through medicines, music, movies, books, food, yoga, or the Internet—but have never been narrated to a larger audience. This book unravels the development of India’s IP law and policy in modern times, in a form and style designed for the general reader. The chapters in the book centre on different industries and sectors, such as pharmaceuticals, book publishing, cinema, music, the Internet, food, yoga, and traditional knowledge. Each chapter features a lively narrative that has been constructed from various sources, including parliamentary debates, expert reports, interviews, archival research, and case law. The book’s unique focus is on the politics and history of Indian IP, rather than the black letter of the law.

The book has been reviewed by the following academics and practitioners: 
  1. Kevin L. Smith, ‘Book Review: Create, Copy, Disrupt: India’s Intellectual Property Dilemmas by Prashant Reddy T. & Sumathi Chandrashekan’, Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship, Vol. 1., Iss. 2, pp. 1- 5 (2017);

  2. Darren Smyth, ‘A creative account of intellectual property in India’, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Vol. 12, Iss. 12, at pp. 1024 (2017);

  3. Seemantani Sharma, ‘Bridging the divide in the Indian IP discourse’, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Vol. 12, Iss. 9, at pp. 810-812 (2017);

  4. Neil Wilkof, ‘Book Review: Create, Copy, Disrupt: India’s Intellectual Property Dilemmas’, IPKat, Oct. 10, 2017;

  5. Jayashree Watal, ‘Seven Decades of Grappling With Intellectual Property Issues in India’, The Wire, Aug. 28, 2017;

  6. Yogesh Pai, ‘Create, Copy, Disrupt: India’s Intellectual Property Dilemmas’, Journal of National Law University, Delhi, Vol. 4, Iss. 1, at pp. 118-127 (2018).

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