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Voluntary licensing of Covaxin will boost vaccine production

India is known globally for the vigour of its pharmaceutical sector built over several decades. It would be extremely tragic if the government fails to channelise this prowess to save precious Indian lives.

View of a vial of India's COVAXIN vaccine against COVID-19 at the public hospital in Villa Elisa, Paraguay, on April 14, 2021. (Photo by NORBERTO DUARTE / AFP) (AFP)
Published on May 04, 2021 05:52 PM IST
ByPrabhash Ranjan

Due to its 2012 blunder, India’s Cairn challenge at The Hague is likely to fail

To put an end to this dispute, India should comply with the ISDS ruling and undo the horrendous error made in 2012 by making the amendment in the Income Tax Act prospective in nature.

The dispute arose when the Indian government, armed with the retroactive 2012 amendment in the Income Tax Act, demanded that Cairn pay taxes on the alleged capital gains it made due to a 2006 internal corporate restructuring (Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 30, 2021 07:14 PM IST
ByPrabhash Ranjan

India’s retrospective taxation blunder is still extracting heavy costs

In endeavouring to extract revenue through retroactive taxation that damages investor sentiment in the long run, India is being penny-wise and pound-foolish

The tribunal reasoned that India’s decision to retroactively apply the law, without a specific justification, created a new tax burden on a transaction that was not taxable at the time it was carried out, ie. in 2006(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 07, 2021 07:20 AM IST
ByPrabhash Ranjan

Suspend international IP, patent obligations on Covid-19 vaccines

Coordinated State action at the global level that temporarily suspends the application of relevant international law to Covid-19 vaccines and drugs will be an important step in fighting the pandemic.

A health care worker of the free influenza vaccination programme holds a flu vaccine inside a tram, Vienna, Austria, October 1, 2020.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 08:59 PM IST
ByPrabhash Ranjan

Restricting Chinese imports will not be easy

India could revoke the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan, but may not be able to do so with China

The quantum of trade between India and China will constrain the former from imposing sanctions on the latter(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jun 20, 2020 01:11 PM IST
ByPrabhash Ranjan

Covid-19: Why India doesn’t need to worry about investor-State dispute settlement claims

The Indian executive, however, must remain conscious of such a possibility and ensure that their emergency regulatory actions are not arbitrary, discriminatory or disproportionate, and are adopted in good faith following due process.

If a claim of indirect expropriation is brought against India, the government can argue that the measures adopted to combat the pandemic are a part of the State’s police powers. Many Investor-State Dispute Settlement tribunals have held that states do not violate their BIT obligations when they act in the exercise of their police powers(Biplov Bhuyan/HTPhoto)
Updated on Apr 01, 2020 01:29 PM IST
ByPrabhash Ranjan

The US is being unfair to India on trade. Resist it

The decision to strip India of its ‘developing country’ status, based on a unilateral, arbitrary criteria, is wrong

India put up a strong paper at the WTO last year to prove its ‘developing’ status(PTI)
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 04:53 PM IST
ByPrabhash Ranjan

A domestic law may not protect foreign investments in India

India should not shy away from being held accountable under international law for its sovereign actions

The central government is reportedly working on a new law to safeguard foreign investment.(PTI)
Published on Feb 04, 2020 07:19 PM IST
ByPrabhash Ranjan

‘Preemptive strikes’ is a problematic term in international law

If Balakot was ordered to stop Pakistan, the correct term for India to use was ‘anticipatory self defence’

Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane in New Delhi, 2019(ANI)
Published on Jan 05, 2020 07:48 PM IST
ByPrabhash Ranjan

CAA violates international customary law. Review it

India must honour its international legal obligations and develop a national refugee protection framework

The CAA makes India’s violation of the non-refoulement principle manifest(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 18, 2019 12:44 PM IST
ByPrabhash Ranjan

How the Left and liberals ceded nationalism to BJP | Analysis

Freedom fighters used nationalism to unite India. But progressive parties later viewed it as a negative force

Over the last few decades, the Left and liberals almost abandoned the discourse on nationalism. They talked of international solidarity of the working class, international sisterhood, concerns of subalterns; but this discourse was not embedded in nationalism(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 06, 2019 08:32 PM IST
ByPrabhash Ranjan

Our freedom fighters did not fight for a parochial view of nationalism

They chose civic nationalism as against ethnic and belligerent nationalism. Indians must strive to protect it

Unlike Pakistan, independent India rejected the two-nation theory and, thus, ‘cultural homogeneity’(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 14, 2019 07:51 PM IST
ByPrabhash Ranjan

ICJ’s Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: What it means for India and Pakistan

It’s the second rebuke to Islamabad in one week. The international community will watch its next steps

The ICJ agreed with India and concluded that Pakistan breached Article 36 of the Vienna convention. Pakistan failed to inform Jadhav without delay of his rights under the convention(AFP)
Updated on Jul 18, 2019 09:19 PM IST
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