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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


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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.


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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

8773 - Narendra Modi at SAP Center: It is believed that 21st century is India’s century, says PM


Across the world a new image of India has emerged. The old thoughts about India are going away, says PM Narendra Modi while addressing Indian community at SAP Center in San Jose.


By: FE Online | September 28, 2015 9:58 AM


PM Narendra Modi addresses Indian community at SAP Center in San Jose (California). He begins his speech by remembering martyr Bhagat Singh on his birthday today and moved on to Indian economy, saying that every research agency including Moody’s and World Bank agree that India is the fastest growing economy in the world.

Here are the highlights from his speech:

* It’s 28th September in India, today was martyr Bhagat Singh’s birthday, I bow down to him
* Today in the entire world India has a new identity, a new image. The old image has been forced down, and there is a reason
* Be it World Bank, Moody’s or any other research agency, everyone is saying India is the fastest growing economy in the world
* India is only nation which succeeded in its ‘Mars orbiter mission’ in just one attempt, look at commitment & capability of nation
* Brain drain can become brain gain
* E-Governance is easy, effective and economical governance
* Penetration of technology is immense. Everybody has mobile phones
* PM Modi explains the JAM concept. J = Jan Dhan financial inclusion program, A = Aadhaar unique identity card M = Mobile Governance
* Aadhaar has helped save subsidy wastage on 5 crore gas cylinders every month. Now subsidy only on 13 crore units.
* 30 lakh people have given up LPG subsidy in the #GiveItUp campaign.
* Across the world a new image of India has emerged. The old thoughts about India are going away
* Your fingers created magic on the keyboard and the computer and this gave India a new identity. Your skill & commitment is wonderful
* We would hear- we need to stop this brain drain. But India is Bahuratna Vasundhara, there will be many brains there
* Our Sikh brothers came here years ago & began living here. When Indian wanted freedom here too there was a movement for India’s freedom
* Jayaprakash Narayan ji who led the movement when emergency was imposed in India in 1975, studied from California, this is the bond we’ve shared with this place
* I am trying my best to live up to everyone’s expectations. Today, India is looked up to with hopes and dreams.
* It’s asked all around, who does 21st century belong to? It is being believed that the 21st century is India’s century
* I had assured you I will work round the clock for the well-being of the people
* I have faith in the nation because India is youthful. 65% of our population is under the age of 35
* Two main challenges facing the world are Terrorism and Global warming
* Terrorism is terrorism. There is no good terrorism & bad terrorism
* Direct Air India flight from Delhi to San-Francisco will fly thrice a week from December 02, 2015
First Published on September 28, 2015 7:56 am
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