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Gajanan Khergamker is an Editor, Solicitor and Documentary Film-maker with over 35 years experience in Media, Law and Documentary Film-Making. He heads global thinktank DraftCraft International whose activities extend beyond boundaries. He is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of International News/Media Portal The Draft - an independent news network that aims to shed all constraints of fear and favour. He also heads The Chamber Practice of Solicitor Gajanan Khergamker - an international law firm and the legal arm of think tank DraftCraft International providing Legal Solutions Beyond Borders. The firm is headquartered at Mumbai in India and works through a network of Lawyers, Advocates and Solicitors beyond borders and across continents that include South Asia, France, Russia, Venezuela, Brazil and North America.
The shockingly low USD 27,000, Rs 20 lakh in Indian currency, was offered to a commercial surrogate Mimi, in the film, by a foreign childless couple, a steal in comparison to what they would have to pay for the same in the US, was played out as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the aspiring actress. Sadly, the perception sticks with the viewers even despite India having initiated a legislation to ban commercial surrogacy. Little wonder then that, over the last decade, the Who’s Who of the Hindi Film Industry – fully aware of a strict legislation on surrogacy on its way in India - rushed to get themselves children born through surrogacy before the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill comes into effect. Almost all of them may not qualify for surrogacy, should they apply for the same, under the new law.
Controls on the internet, censorship of Over The Top (OTT) content, accountability of Social Media platforms and streaming partners all come under this grey area, till legislation is ultimately put in to place to provide checks and balances. Till then, there’s discussion, deliberation and debate on rights and liabilities, on freedoms and liberties. It’s only when a sprinkling of stakeholders, mostly powerful, begin to move court that an issue is perceived as vital and the need to address it through interventional judgement first and then pertinent legislation, identified.
French media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) aka Reporters Without Borders recently named India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a ‘predator of press freedom’,...