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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 scholar Usha Ramanathan describes 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

Special

Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.

1. There is no feasibility study of the project]

2. The project was approved in haste

3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security

4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose

5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project

Quotes

What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

8753 - Maiden hackathon on tech ideas - Telegraph India


Maiden hackathon on tech ideas
- State to host 24-hour marathon software brainstorming session in Nov.
A.S.R.P. Mukesh

If Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expecting the Indo-US Hackathon - a 15-hour marathon software coding session scheduled at the Google headquarters on September 26 - to churn out some best IT solutions for his pet Digital India and Skill India missions, chief minister Raghubar Das will be banking on a similar endeavour to put Jharkhand on the technology map.

Come November 2, the state information department will hold a 24-hour hackathon, bringing together 100 best brains from across the world under one roof to produce IT-enabled solutions to meet the challenges for Digital Jharkhand project.

For the understanding of the layman, hackathon is an event, wherein computer programmers and others involved in software development and hardware development, graphic designers and interface designers collaborate intensively on software projects on a given day.

It is also known as hack day, hackfest or codefest.

The capital event has been named Aadhaar Hackathon that will focus on devising softwares, IT services and apps.

Sources in the state IT department told The Telegraph that the dates were finalised on Wednesday evening.

As of now, the event is to be held at the newly built auditorium at Project Building.
However, the venue, according to sources, might change to the lone five-star hotel in the state capital depending on the sponsorships that the government is able to manage. So far, telecom major Airtel has agreed in principal to offer sponsorship but is yet to confirm anything in writing.

"Aadhaar Hackathon will kick off at 2pm on November 2 and will end at 3pm the next day. The whole idea is to have a gamut of best IT brains, software companies, agencies and organisations working in the field of technology to brainstorm, design and suggest softwares, apps and other tech products for Jharkhand. It can be related to governance, empowerment, easy day-to-day life et al, but should be useful for the state and its people," said state IT director U.P. Sah.

He added that they would shortly start sending invitations to agencies like Nasscom, CII, IT majors, independent top-notch IT experts, among others, for the marathon coding exercise.

The department has already started scouting for a logo for the hackfest, launching an online competition on Thursday evening to tap the best designs worldwide for the upcoming mega event.
For this, it is accepting registrations and designs on the portal, mgov.jharkhand.gov.in, which chief minister Das launched last week as a part of a slew of IT services in the state. "The best design submitted on the website will be used to prepare the logo for the hackathon. The chosen designer will bag a tablet as a token of appreciation," Sah said.

According to him, they were looking forward to over 100 guests from outside besides officials and experts from the state.

"This is the first time that we will be holding such an event. Recently, Bangalore held its own hackathon. The trend is fast catching up to get all brains under one roof to discuss, code and decode IT solutions at a marathon pace within the set time period," he said.