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The need to ban animal sports: Dog Racing and Cock-Fights (Part III)

By Sakshi Pawar (Co-founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

Animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. -James Anthony Froude

In the previous posts we have addressed the legality of animal sports in India and worldwide with a special focus on bull racing.
In this final part of the 3 series article Sakshi Pawar has analyzed the legality and impact of dog racing and cockfighting in India.

It is time to act against the cruelty of animal sports with the same passion with which we support sports in general.

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Who is the bigger loser?

By Naman Lohiya (4th year student at Gujarat National Law University)

“The entire legal system was built upon the assumption that people would have adequate representation. When they don’t, the system fails, and the laws don’t matter.” – Shari Redstone

In this article Naman Lohiya has reopened the discussion on the powers of national federations as well as the importance of sporting dispute settlement mechanisms in India.
It will take you down the memory lane to Rio 2016, when Sushil Kumar and Narsingh Yadav were involved in a murky selection controversy. The dramatic saga of Narsingh Yadav’s doping battle that ensued is not unknown to anyone. It has almost been two years since this dispute, but the problems in the administration of doping agencies, national federations and sports dispute settlement mechanisms that surfaced then, still persist.

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Pro Kabaddi Auction, 2018 – Tackling the economics behind the commercial raid

By- Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

“A beautiful balance is what is required between holding on and letting go in the game of kabaddi”

In sports as in life, Kabaddi teaches us many valuable lessons. No wonder in just a matter of 4 years, PKL has gripped the nation in its fervour. PKL auction, 2018 was certainly one of the most speculated pre-sporting events in the country. This blogpost by Rishika Mendiratta explains the law and economics behind the PKL player auction.

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The need to ban Animal Sports: Bullfights in Spain and Brazil (Part II)

Sakshi Pawar (Co-founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

“The time will come when men such as I, will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

In the previous post it was explained why despite several state enactments, bull racing events were unconstitutional and illegal in India. This article by Sakshi Pawar (Part II of the series discussing a ban on all animal sports) touches upon bull racing/bullfighting events that occur all around the world, especially in Spain and Brazil. The reasons for choosing Spain and Brazil as comparative case studies is that both situations involve a conflict between culture and prevention of animal cruelty as well as the question of state autonomy clashing with the central legislature. These aspects are similar to the questions of legality raised regarding bull racing in India (AWBI v. A Nagaraja case).

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The need to ban Animal Sports: Illegality of Bullock Races in India (Part I)

By Sakshi Pawar (Co-Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

“The question is not, Can they reason?, nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being?” – Bentham

In 2014, the Supreme Court of India delivered the judgement of AWBI v A. Nagaraja which banned all bullock races in India on account of cruelty towards animals. The judgment left no stone unturned to ensure “Species Best Interest” and laid down the very fundamentals of animal rights jurisprudence in India. Despite its ironclad judgment which struck down all legislation permitting bullock races, states such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka have enacted unconstitutional laws in an attempt to continue this traditional sport. This article by Sakshi Pawar which analyses the illegality of these races (the judgement and their subsequent questionable legalisation), is one in a three-part series which advocates the banning of cruelty in animal sports all across the world.

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The commercial handshake: Exploring the pervasiveness of IPL-IPR

By Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

The transition from Orwell’s interpretation of, “Sports is war minus shooting” to Andre Maurious’ description of, “Business is a combination of war and sport” encapsulates the present scenario of societal and commercial inter-linkages of the sports industry.
In the Indian context, IPL is the best example justifying this scenario. The following article tries to explain the rationale, means and instances of Intellectual Property Protection in the Indian Premier League.

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Towards a steady breakdown of barriers: Time to move from disabilities to discoverabilities.

By Rishika Mendiratta (Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

This scenario of disabled sports in India has immense significance because as per the census of 2011, 2.21% of the Indian population i.e. disabled 26.8 million is disabled.As we strive forward to the elusive Acche Din, there is an immense sense of pride to see them overcome physical and societal barriers. The time has come to transform our attitude from sympathy to empathy of the Disabled in India.

Sports provides the necessary impetus in our aim of an inclusive society and a better India. This blog post is an attempt to explain the struggle, triumph, success and dedication of the disabled athletes and the changing environment of the legal and policy framework for the disabled in India.

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Gujarat High Court folds on Poker

By Sakshi Pawar (Co-founder and Managing Editor of KhelAdhikar).

“A man has got to play the cards that was dealt him”
This has been true for the poker players and enthusiasts in India in both their professional and legal battles. Poker coming under the ambit of state legislation is still not legally allowed to be played under the mysterious garb of “Game of Skill” in various states. The much anticipated judgment of the Gujarat High Court on the legality of Poker was delivered on Dec 4, 2017. Contrary to most expectations it declared poker to be a game of chance.

This was a major blow for the game in Gujarat and other states where similar petitions are pending. This article by Sakshi Pawar gives us a succinct and precise analysis of the December 4 judgment.

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Limiting the contours of mandatory sharing -A detailed analysis of the Union of India v BCCI decision

By Aman Gupta,
Sports and Gaming Lawyer

The Supreme Court of India, in the case of Union of India v. Board of Control for Cricket in India , has recently held that the live feed of cricket matches received by the Prasar Bharati, under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007, could only be re-transmitted on its own terrestrial and DTH networks. The present blog article by Aman Gupta discusses the factual background of the decision and analyses the decision of the Hon’ble Court.

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POKER FACE-S BAN IN GUJARAT: Pre-empting the Legal Arguments

The beautiful thing about poker is that everybody thinks they can play.- Chris Moneymaker

The legalization of poker has been a contentious for quite some time now. For the past few months, Gujarat High Court is deliberating upon its legality in its territorial extent. The Gujarat High Court decision scheduled on 23 November 2017, will certainly have nationwide repercussions. While we speculate about the final decision, betting and gambling law enthusiast, Sakshi Pawar’s article provides a comprehensive guidance on this topic.

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