ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Mahua Wine

An Unregistered Geographical Indication vis-à-vis Potent Export Item

Mahua-based alcoholic beverage, indigenous to India, lacks the intellectual property protection under the ambit of geographical indication. The article explores whether this comes in the way of revenue generation and opens the doors for cultural misappropriation of the beverage by international manufacturers.

The author acknowledges and thanks the anonymous reviewers for their suggestion.

Mahua (Madhuca longifolia sp) is a tree rich in natural origin product resources.1 It is found in northern, central, and southern part of India. The country produces tonnes of mahua flowers every year, placing it among the top five minor forest produce (MFP). Dried mahua flowers are used to produce fermented products and country liquor. The marginalised Adivasis are historically known to have distilled alcoholic beverage from mahua flowers since centuries.

Taboo and Discord around Mahua Liquor

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Updated On : 26th Dec, 2022
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