Monday, 28 April 2014

Surrogacy in India

Sheeba and Jacob from Dubai and Marcelo from Brasil were blessed with children last week with the helps of our surrogacy program.
i met one of the parents today and they were very very happy.they have been trying since several years to have a baby.
it feels good to work in a profession where all parties involved are benefitted and you can make abig difference to the lives of others on a daily basis but sadly the Indian Government does not seem to have a mind of its own when it comes to most matters and the same is with International surrogacy and seems to be dictated by what the foreign press and lobby have to say.
apparently the prime minister of India was also told by his belgian counterpart that members from EU countries should not be allowed surrogacy in INDIA.
the good news is that Elections are all in full swing and i hope that this Puppet government is thrown out of power and Narendra Modi who has a strong will ,a mind of his own and a vision for development and growth and is known to have a favour
able stand on surrogacy become Prime Minister!!the whole of India needs him and even though i have cases lined up on voting day i will get up earlier than usual at 5 am and go and vote first and then go and work!!

Friday, 25 April 2014

So Dissapointing!! i just could not get out of bed after i read this!!

CHANDIGARH: Upholding the ministry of home affairs' guidelines restricting single foreign nationals and unmarried couples from coming on medical visas to India for having kids through surrogacy, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday refused to give any relief to a Sudanese national.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul passed the order relying on the Central government's reply that guidelines issued by the MHA in July 2012 under the Foreigners Act regarding regulation on surrogacy in India shall prevail over other any similar guidelines issues earlier.

The central government also informed the HC that the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill-2010 has been drafted by the Union ministry of health and it would be finalized with the formation of new government at Centre. The bill would regulate the surrogacy in the country.

The bench has disposed of the petition filed by Sudanese national Shihabeldin, a bachelor who wanted to become a single parent through surrogacy in India.

He had filed a petition before the HC saying that he wanted to become a single parent through a surrogacy arrangement and contacted a Chandigarh-based medical institution on June 29, 2013. But he was not allowed to do so following the guidelines from MHA issued on July 9, 2012 limiting the facility to married couples.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Presenting India's first Surrogacy Walk in New Delhi on 20/4/2014!!

India takes a global role in Third Party Reproduction with INSTAR (Indian Society for Third Party Assisted Reproduction) hosting two National events on the 20th of April.

We would like to cordially invite you to the  INSTAR Walk on Surrogacy on 20th April at 730 am to 830 am at Nehru Stadium New Delhi followed by a stimulating Workshop with leaders in the field from the legal, medical and government sector sharing the latest up to date information, clarifying questions
The Surrogacy Walk is a first for India, approx 500 people including surrogate mothers, their husbands, their extended family members and doctors lawyers social workers and the ART Banks are participating THEME SURROGACY BUILDS FAMILIES

This walk challenges the notion that Surrogate mothers are abandoned by their families and their husbands as they are doing surrogacy. It challenges the notion that the family looks down upon surrogate mothers.
This walk demonstrates that in fact the husbands and family members of Surrogate Mothers have come out in their support -- You can interview our participants for opinions

A Preliminary Survey done by INSTAR with 7 organisations in India in New Delhi, Gujrat, Hyderabad (Dr Bavishi Fertility Institute, Fertility Care India and SCI Healthcare, International Fertility Center, Kiran Infertility Centre, NGO Amma, ANA Med ART Bank and Services, New Life India ART Bank) on 179 surrogate mothers has asked the question about the surrogate mother's husbands views and her family's views on her being a surrogate mother
The most common answer was "Accha" which means good (Details of the survey are available on request)
In an outpouring of support parents with abbies born in India by Surrogacy from Acress the GLOBE USA UK BrAZIL CANADA AUSTRALIA etc have sent video messages for SUPPORT of their Surrogate MOTHERS and the SURROGACY WALK 

The WORKSHOP will be attended by Dr Ranjana Kumari from the Centre for Social Research and Dr Sharma From the Indian Council of Medical Research and International Embassies of over 20 countries have also been invited

ART Banks of Indian origin, Caucasian origin and African Origin Egg donors will give their views - for The first time in India. According to the Banks the problems that arise are due to a minority of unscruplous elements claiming to be ART Banks. This is done to cut costs of treatment as they  dont have complete paperwork etc. Only registered Companies who have applied for registration with the ICMR should be used by doctors and patients, this will go a long way in reducing the problems.

Standardised Documentation for Surrogacy will be given - this is for reference purpose and has been vetted by Legal and Medical Experts in the Relevant field and is in LOCAL Language and is an extension of the ICMR guidelines especially for post delivery care of the surrogate mothers and counselling for the process

A Survey cum Consensus STATEMENT will be presented in the CONFERENCE on 21st of April - Relating to the field of Egg donation with atleast 200 participants including Doctors ART Banks legal Experts and Counsellors and Social workers

All members of INSTAR are proud of the work of ICMR in bringing together National guidelines for ART that will guide practice across India in Third Party Reproduction routing out disreputable parties and “middle men”. INSTAR members’ stand with ICMR in creating an Indian voice demonstrating best practice in being one of the few countries in the world with consistent guidelines for both ART; Third Party Reproduction and compensated surrogacy.

Through the practice of INSTAR members, members will demonstrate that surrogates are able to make informed decisions’, supported by their families and are proud of their role in building and strengthening families

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Welcome to the ' Stock' Market !!

Once upon a time in a village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for.  Rs 10 .

The villagers seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them .

The man bought thousands at Rs
10 and as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort .

He further announced that he would now buy at Rs
20 .

This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again .

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms .

The offer rate increased to Rs
25 and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even see a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at Rs

However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him .

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers .

Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected .

I will sell them to you at Rs
35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell it to him for Rs 50 . '

The villagers squeezed up with all their savings and bought all the monkeys .

Then they never saw the man nor his assistant, only monkeys everywhere


A policeman kills a leopard that is actually attacking a villager, and instead of being felicitated he is booked for the crime of saving a human being at the insistence of some Wildlife Organisations.

A nation where:
* Rice is Rs.40/- per kg and SIM Card is free.
* Where a pizza you have ordered reaches home faster than an ambulance or police, even if you were being murdered or having a heart attack!!!

A nation where: 

* A car loan is charged at 5% but 
Education loan, so necessary for our youth is charged an interest of 12%.

A nation where: 

* Students with 45% get into elite institutions through the quota system, and
* Those with 90% are sent away because of merit.

A nation where: 

* A millionaire buys a cricket team, spending crores instead of donating the money to any charity. 

A nation where: 
* Two IPL teams were auctioned at 3300 crores, 
* Yet we a poor country where millions don't get two square meals per day. 

A country where: 
* Ordinary salary tax payer is punished/fined for error in paying little less in tax, 
* But the IPL collecting thousands of crores has not paid any income tax  
and no body has any issue about it. 

A country where:
* Footwear is sold in AC showrooms, 

* But the vegetables we eat, are sold on the footpath and very often next to garbage dumps.

Its a strange nation we live in, 

* Where assembly complex buildings get ready within a year, while 
* Public bridges, flyovers and sea links take several years even to get off the drawing board, and another decade to be completed.
* We have malls, and sky-rises, with slums forming their boundary wall.

A country where:
* Men and women squat on railway tracks, with no where else to go, while * Watching them from windows, are couples (just 'Two') with three bathrooms and one for the guests.

A country where:
* Politicians who are supposed to serve the people accept money from the same people they are supposed to serve, and then 

* Take a salary from the government for their services to these people.

We are a nation:
* Where we talk in hushed whispers about the corruption in the country and then
* Dig into our pockets to bribe a cop when we are caught cutting a red light.

A country: 

* Where to get small service in Govt. needs a minimum qualification of graduation, but 
* No qualification is required to run the same Govt. (get elected!). 

A country: 
Where our soldiers defending our borders, when jailed by neighbouring  countries,are tortured & not even provided proper food/ facilities, but 
The militants from across the borders when in our jails are served  biryani on demand. 

Think about it & Why can't we do something about it.

Beautiful letter written by a father to his son 👌

A lot of Folks especially Men have difficulties in connecting and relating to their old Men,.for some reason i like so many of my colleagues/Friends have felt that Dad's are more lenient when it comes to their Daughter's and the opposite when it comes to their Son's.after reading the letter below i can understand why!!

Following is a letter to his son from a renowned Hong Kong TV
broadcaster cum Child Psychologist.
The words are actually applicable to all of us, young or old, children
or parents.!

Dear son ,

I am writing this to you because of 3 reasons

1. Life, fortune and mishaps are unpredictable, nobody knows how long
he lives. Some words are better said early.

2. I am your father, and if I don't tell you these, no one else will.

3. What is written is my own personal bitter experiences that perhaps
could save you a lot of unnecessary heartaches. Remember the following
as you go through life

1. Do not bear grudge towards those who are not good to you. No one
has the responsibility of treating you well, except your mother and I.

To those who are good to you, you have to treasure it and be thankful,
and ALSO you have to be cautious, because, everyone has a motive for
every move. When a person is good to you, it does not mean he really
likes you. You have to be careful, don't hastily regard him as a real

2. No one is indispensable, nothing is in the world that you must possess.

Once you understand this idea, it would be easier for you to go
through life when people around you don't want you anymore, or when
you lose what/who you love most.

3.Life is short.

When you waste your life today, tomorrow you would find that life is
leaving you. The earlier you treasure your life, the better you enjoy

4.Love is but a transient feeling, and this feeling would fade with
time and with one's mood. If your so called loved one leaves you, be
patient, time will wash away your aches and sadness.

Don't over exaggerate the beauty and sweetness of love, and don't over
exaggerate the sadness of falling out of love.

5.A lot of successful people did not receive a good education, that
does not mean that you can be successful by not studying hard!
Whatever knowledge you gain is your weapon in life.

One can go from rags to riches, but one has to start from some rags!

6.I do not expect you to financially support me when I am old,
neither  would I financially support your whole life. My
responsibility as a supporter ends when you are grown up.

After that, you decide whether  you want to travel in a public
transport or in your limousine,  rich or poor.

7.You honour your words, but don't expect others to be so.

You can be good to people, but don't expect people to be good to you.
If you don't understand this, you would end up with unnecessary

8. I have bought lotteries for umpteen years, but I never strike any
prize. That shows if you want to be rich, you have to work hard!

There is no free lunch!

9. No matter  c much time I have with you, let's treasure the time we
have together. We do not know if we would meet again in our next life.

Your Dad


Sunday, 13 April 2014

New draft may allow surrogacy to all including unmarried couples and those in live-in relationships!!

Finally!!after trying very very very hard!!speaking to a lot of Officals at all levels and spending more time visiting offices than at the clinic!!there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel!!
please see below the breaking news!!
New Delhi: Aimed at regulating surrogacy in India, the Assisted Reproductive Technology (regulation) Bill is all set to be finalised soon. The Union health ministry will hold a two-day consultation with all the stakeholders, including the Planning Commission this week.
The Planning Commission has so far been apprehensive about the proposed draft of the Bill finalised by the health ministry. Officials in the health ministry are aiming now to finalise the draft Bill so that it can be introduced in the Parliament without any further delay.
The Bill was first drafted five years ago. While the health ministry was considering to approach the law ministry for amending the draft, the Planning Commission raised objections over the proposed bill and asked the ministry to consult them before the final draft is sent to the law ministry.
“The ART Bill that aims to regulate surrogacy in the country has been delayed since 2008 when the first draft was prepared. It was revised in 2010 but is yet to get a final approval from the law ministry,” an official said.
It is, however, learnt that the new draft may allow surrogacy to all including unmarried couples and those in live-in relationships.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Sudan national moves HC against surrogacy norms

A Sudan national Monday moved Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) restricting single foreign nationals and unmarried couples from coming to India for purposes of surrogacy on medical visas. The MHA had last year revised the norms allowing only married men and women with a marriage of at least two years to come to India on medical visas for the purpose of surrogacy.

Taking up the petition of Shihabeldin,who desires to be single parent,a division bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul issued notice to the MHA asking it submit its response to the petitioner’s contentions by September. Advocate Anil Malhotra had moved the petition on behalf of Shihabeldin.

The petitioner,a permanent resident of Republic of Sudan,said in his petition that he wishes to be a single parent through a surrogacy arrangement and hence vide a mail dated June 29 contacted the Indian government and enquired about single foreign parent surrogacy facility in Chandigarh.

However,he was denied the same and was told that surrogacy facility in India could not be availed by a single foreign parent.

He was told that the MHA,vide revised guidelines dated July 9,2012,had restricted surrogacy to married men and women with a marriage of at least two years,there by excluding single foreign nationals and unmarried couples from coming to India for purposes of surrogacy on medical visas.

Dubbing this as violation of Article 21 of Constitution of India (right to life and personal liberty),Advocate Malhotra submitted that surrogacy cannot be denied to single foreign nationals.

Malhotra contended that “this unreasonable and unjust classification treats equals unequally thereby violating equality of law and equal protection of laws”. He said,“Foreign nationals,overseas citizens of India,and person of Indian Origin cannot be discriminated in the matter of surrogacy upon comparison with Indian nationals”.

He contended that imposing a ban on surrogacy by foreign single persons or foreign unmarried couples amounts to “an unreasonable,unjust and arbitrary classification,which has no nexus with the object sought to be achieved”.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Surrogacy twins for Aussie Couple

Ben and Maria from Australia were blessed with a baby boy and a baby girl today morning.the twins are doing good and so is the mother.2 more cherished and loved additions to the every growing KIC family!!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Sam Bahadur!! the Greatest Indian Soldier ever!!!


The birth centenary of Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw, who successfully led Indian troops in the battle for Bangladesh, serves as an occasion to honour the life of this great soldier, sadly ignored by the country
Tomorrow, Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw would have been 100 years ‘young’, as he would have said. A living legend and a folk hero, Sam, from almost becoming a gynaecologist, rose to being India’s first Field Marshal who bequeathed on his constantly conquered country, a stunning military victory, the first in a thousand years, and helped give birth to a new nation: Bangladesh.
In his most recent book,  India At Risk: Mistakes, Misconceptions and Misadventures of Security Policy, Mr Jaswant Singh describes this epic event as the revenge of geography over history. Sam’s greatest passion was his beloved Gorkhas, the doughty khukri-wielding fighters who gave him his name. Visiting a Gorkha battalion, he asked a bewildered johnny: “What’s my name”? “Sum Bahadur”, said the Gorkha, confused, which was his name. “But that’s my name”, said Sam, and so he was christened Sam Bahadur for the rest of his life. Till his dying day, he was surrounded by serving and retired Gorkhas. “They’re my life, in a way. It’s what Harka Bahadur made me”, he would say.
At his 90th birthday, in Delhi’s Battle Honours Mess in 2003, mobbed by his admirers and well-wishers, the slightly hunched Sam confessed he had misused the khukri, the legendary Gorkha knife reserved for close quarter battle, to cut the birthday cake. When asked what his life’s biggest achievement was, he said: “I never punished anyone”. Blowing out 90 candles with the help of one Gorkha piper, Sam exulted: “Like everything else in my life, I was born the wrong way around. My father, a gynaecologist, took 40 minutes to straighten me out”.
Sam was a showman par excellence, orchestrating events for, what in today’s parlance, would be called strategic signalling. During the 1971 war, he would make it a point to appear in the newly appointed bar in the Oberoi Hotel in the capital every evening sipping his favourite Red Label, ensuring the media took note that he was on top of the campaigns both in the east and the west. Later, he would rush back to the War Room where in a corner a camp-cot was kept for him. After independence, Sam never belonged to any regiment, though he was commissioned into the 2nd Royal Scots and later joined the famous 4/12 Frontier Force Regiment, with whom during the disastrous battle for Sittang Bridge, he won an instant Military Cross. Although he was posted to 3/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force), he never got to command a battalion as then Army chief General PN Thapar wanted him in the Military Operations Directorate.
Sam’s flamboyance and sartorial elegance never escaped notice and mixed brilliantly with his penetrating style of command. Replacing Lieutenant General BM Kaul after the Himalayan debacle in 1962 and on reaching 4 Corps, Sam announced: “Gentlemen, I have arrived. There will be no more withdrawals”. “Lucky for me”, he said later, “the Chinese declared a unilateral withdrawal”. A sense of humour laced the extraordinary confidence he exuded in public life whether dealing with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who became Durga Mata after the war, or cheering Harka Bahadur in the boxing ring. “Whoever says he knows no fear is either lying or a Gorkha” was his favourite quip. With pithy words like these Sam would disarm all manner of people.
Sam’s brush with politicians was not easy, though as he learnt early in life, after the hounding he faced from Defence Minister Krishna Menon, that they were a dangerous species. But for the Chinese and Lieutenant General Daulet Singh who was made to investigate Sam’s alleged misdemeanours as Commandant Defence Services Staff College Nilgiris, he would have been sacked. Another war era Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram, who would call him “Saam”, was not enamoured of him either, given his straight talk. Still in early 1972, Indira Gandhi sounded Jagjivan Ram on appointing Sam the Chief of Defence Staff, an elevation he richly deserved. But the combined ministerial and bureaucratic fears torpedoed the idea, it would seem for good, as the appointment remains untouchable to date. Except VC Shukla, who became a close friend, most Ministers of the Indira Gandhi Cabinet were suspicious of Sam and kept him at a distance. When he finally retired, the Ministry of Defence ensured there was no organised farewell at New Delhi Railway Station as his special train chugged off to Coimbatore en routeCoonoor in the Nilgiris. There, with his wife Silloo, he joined a dozen Gorkhas, two dogs, Piffer and Ceasar, and Preeti the cow, at Stavka, their new home. Tending to roses, buying vegetables and playing bridge at the Coonoor Club and doing his own typing and answering mail, kept him busy.
The Government fixed his pension at a measly Rs 1,200 plus a Rs 400 allowance for Field Marshal. When terminally ill in Wellington Hospital in 2008, Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt carried arrears of his revised pension amounting to one crore rupees. Typically, Sam looked at the cheque and told Mr Dutt: “I hope the cheque won’t bounce”.
Management manuals are now discovering many of the attributes of leadership that came to Sam naturally. He had a healthy contempt for bureaucratic authority and detested fawning officers. As many as 14 companies took him on their board, mostly as chairman. Surprisingly Sam’s adversaries grew from within, attempting to undermine his great leadership style and strategic acumen, especially during the war for Bangladesh. No matter what they say, the 1971 war has just one stamp of victory —and that belongs to Sam Manekshaw.
The Government made no amends for his farewell during his funeral. Rather, it maintained equal disrespect against the highest military traditions. He was laid to rest at the Parsi Zoroastrian cemetery in Oottacamund, alongside Silloo, and four years later, a gravestone that said, “Good Thought, Good Words, Good Deeds” was laid, this time in the presence of Defence Minister AK Antony and with appropriate protocol.
Apparently the Army has been instructed to commemorate Sam’s centenary, low key. On April 3, Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh will unveil a life-size statue of Sam Bahadur, followed by the release of a book written by Brigadier Behram Panthaki, who was Sam’s ADC, and his wife Zenobia.
The Parsi Anjuman of Delhi is hosting a big event to honour Sam. It’s time India shed its blinkers and recognised Sam’s contribution to the country. The next Government should honour the greatest soldier of our times by posthumously awarding Sam Manekshaw the Bharat Ratna.

Outstanding Coincidences of Words.................

Hate has 4 letters
so does Love.............

Enemies has 7 letters
so does Friends........

Lying has 5
so does Truth....................

Negative has 8
so does Positive.......

Under has 5
so does Above....................

Cry has 3 letters
so does Joy..........

Anger has 5 letters
so does Happy.......

Right has 5 letters
so does Wrong.......

Are they by Coincidences??????

It means Life is like a Double edged Sword,
We should choose the BETTER SIDE OF LIFE......!!By the way Manmohan has 8 letters and so does Narendra.

A very sweet message from one of our patients from canada who left last evening with their child through Surrogacy in India.Erin and Trevor are canadians living and working in Hong kong! Trevor is a pilot by profession.
"Thank you again for making our dream come true. We will always remember you all and what you did for us. Thank you for your kindness and profe...ssionalism throughout the last year. We wish you and the clinic the very best in the future.
I also wanted to mention that Erin and I were both very impressed with case manager Satvinder Singh. He was extremely helpful throughout our time here and was very reliable.
Thank you Dr Samit Sekhar"

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Petition to allow Singles to access surrogacy programs in India picks up pace.

CHANDIGARH: Punjab and Haryana high court has summoned the Director of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Under Secretary (Foreigners), MHA to clear their stand on a petition filed by Sudanese national against MHA guidelines restricting single foreign nationals and unmarried couples from coming to India for purposes of surrogacy on medical visas.

Both the officials have been asked to remain present before the HC on April 2.

Division bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul of the HC has also imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on ICMR for their failure to produce the copy of 2013 Bill despite the court directions issued on October 27 last year.

Read full article by clicking on the link below

we are hoping that the Chief justice sees that the orders passed BY MHA restricting single parents from accessing surrogacy in India are discriminatory and will strike them down.
hopefully this happens in May.

Surrogacy baby for british couple.

Hema and Stephane Cherre were blessed with a baby girl born on 2/4/2014 at 11.30 am India time.Stephane and Hema are based out of Mauritius and they had extended their warmest hospitality to myself when i visted mauritius last year.
congratulations to them and am sure they will make excellent parents to the little princess.