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

Monday, October 5, 2015


By Sridhar Vivan, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Oct 3, 2015, 04.00 AM IST

Demands that a list of students who don't have card be created

A recent circular issued by the PU department has put students in a fix. Despite a Supreme Court verdict that says that Aadhaar card is not mandatory, PU students have been asked to declare whether they possess Aadhaar cards or not. In fact, the PU department has asked officials to submit a list of two categories of students: those who have Aadhaar and those who don't have it, and submit a report to higher- ups by October 7. The PU circular adds, "The two lists should cover both first and second year PU students with their Aadhaar numbers. A separate list should be made about those students who don't have Aadhaar also and should be submitted by October 7.

Now, with the latest circular, students are in a state of confusion. "I was recently asked to furnish my Aadhaar card details though I didn't have one. I was really surprised why the PU department is going on an Aadhaar drive," said Arun Kumar, a PU student. Another student, Usha D, said, "I am really surprised over the PU department circular. One of the reasons for Aadhaar would be to go for direct benefit transfer of scholarship. However, with Supreme Court already ruling that Aadhaar is not mandatory even to those who benefit from government schemes, I don't see why they are pushing for Aadhaar. Secondly, the stipulation that the Aadhaar details should be furnished by October 7 is also quite puzzling."
A PU official said, "Actually, we don't know why we have been asked to make two separate lists for the students. We have just been following orders. In fact, we have been asked to submit the details to Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and are strictly following the order." When contacted, SSA project director PC Jaffer said, "We are getting a list so that we can go and conduct college-level Aadhaar enrolment for students at their respective colleges."

Aadhaar must elsewhere

In Maharashtra, children reform homes need to enroll their inmates in Aadhaar. This is aimed at improving facilities. Meanwhile, in Haryana, the government asks for Aadhaar card number for admission in government schools to keep a track of various government schemes and it has also directed that the admissions be made provisional if the students don't have UIDAI numbers.