Aadhaar

The UIDAI has taken two successive governments in India and the entire world for a ride. It identifies nothing. It is not unique. The entire UID data has never been verified and audited. The UID cannot be used for governance, financial databases or anything. It’s use is the biggest threat to national security since independence. – Anupam Saraph 2018

When I opposed Aadhaar in 2010 , I was called a BJP stooge. In 2016 I am still opposing Aadhaar for the same reasons and I am told I am a Congress die hard. No one wants to see why I oppose Aadhaar as it is too difficult. Plus Aadhaar is FREE so why not get one ? Ram Krishnaswamy

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.-Mahatma Gandhi

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.Mahatma Gandhi

“The invasion of privacy is of no consequence because privacy is not a fundamental right and has no meaning under Article 21. The right to privacy is not a guaranteed under the constitution, because privacy is not a fundamental right.” Article 21 of the Indian constitution refers to the right to life and liberty -Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi

“There is merit in the complaints. You are unwittingly allowing snooping, harassment and commercial exploitation. The information about an individual obtained by the UIDAI while issuing an Aadhaar card shall not be used for any other purpose, save as above, except as may be directed by a court for the purpose of criminal investigation.”-A three judge bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar said in an interim order.

Legal scholarUsha Ramanathandescribes UID as an inverse of sunshine laws like the Right to Information. While the RTI makes the state transparent to the citizen, the UID does the inverse: it makes the citizen transparent to the state, she says.

Good idea gone bad
I have written earlier that UID/Aadhaar was a poorly designed, unreliable and expensive solution to the really good idea of providing national identification for over a billion Indians. My petition contends that UID in its current form violates the right to privacy of a citizen, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. This is because sensitive biometric and demographic information of citizens are with enrolment agencies, registrars and sub-registrars who have no legal liability for any misuse of this data. This petition has opened up the larger discussion on privacy rights for Indians. The current Article 21 interpretation by the Supreme Court was done decades ago, before the advent of internet and today’s technology and all the new privacy challenges that have arisen as a consequence.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP Rajya Sabha

“What is Aadhaar? There is enormous confusion. That Aadhaar will identify people who are entitled for subsidy. No. Aadhaar doesn’t determine who is eligible and who isn’t,” Jairam Ramesh

But Aadhaar has been mythologised during the previous government by its creators into some technology super force that will transform governance in a miraculous manner. I even read an article recently that compared Aadhaar to some revolution and quoted a 1930s historian, Will Durant.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP

“I know you will say that it is not mandatory. But, it is compulsorily mandatorily voluntary,” Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Saba April 2017.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty”and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” -Edward Snowden

In the Supreme Court, Meenakshi Arora, one of the senior counsel in the case, compared it to living under a general, perpetual, nation-wide criminal warrant.

Had never thought of it that way, but living in the Aadhaar universe is like living in a prison. All of us are treated like criminals with barely any rights or recourse and gatekeepers have absolute power on you and your life.

Announcing the launch of the#BreakAadhaarChainscampaign, culminating with events in multiple cities on 12th Jan. This is the last opportunity to make your voice heard before the Supreme Court hearings start on 17th Jan 2018. In collaboration with @no2uidand@rozi_roti.

UIDAI's security seems to be founded on four time tested pillars of security idiocy

1) Denial

2) Issue fiats and point finger

3) Shoot messenger

4) Bury head in sand.

God Save India

Friday, September 25, 2015

8746 - Nice tusks, but need to see your ID, sir - The Hindu

BENGALURU, September 24, 2015

Nice tusks, but need to see your ID, sir

A wild elephant at the Bandipur National Park in Mysuru.— File Photo: M.A. Sriram

Forest Department is working on an unique identification system for elephants

As fanciful as it sounds, imagine an Aadhaar card-type unique identification system for elephants.

The expected scenario is this: an elephant strolls in the forest, and the tracker – or a camera trap – quickly sees the identification marks. This is correlated with a catalogue of elephants and their identification marks. With the “code” obtained, other details such as its migratory paths, previous movements, age and so on can be detected.

While it is bound to take time to develop such a system, the Karnataka Forest Department has started the process in national parks in Nagarhole, Bandipur, BRT Tiger Reserve, Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary and M.M. Hills Sanctuary.

“We have cameras in these parks that have been used to identify tigers and leopards. Elephants too can be identified. Just like the big cats, each elephant has unique identification marks: shapes and cuts in ears, tail, size of tusks and even toe nails that can help us keep track of the mammals,” said Ravi Ralph, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife).
The system will primarily focus on male tuskers, who tend to roam the forests alone and are most vulnerable to poaching or most likely to raid crops, he said.

However, unlike the tiger monitoring system, this proposal faces logistical challenges. While there are roughly 300 tigers in the State, the population of elephants is over 6,000. Officials also point out that tigers remain territorial, allowing for easier camera trapping in a particular area, but elephants are largely migratory.

And, while a massive camera infrastructure exists – with Nagarhole and Bandipur having nearly 1,400 camera traps – the entire set-up had been designed for tigers.

“The cameras are placed at a height of around three feet to capture tigers and leopards. For elephants, we will have to place them above 10 feet. But, even by making modifications to the cameras and raising them to this height, we may miss out on smaller calves. Elephant experts will be consulted to aid us in designing this system,” said H.C. Kanthraj, Director of Nagarhole National Park.