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


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


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.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

8966 - Associate of Bangladeshi Terror Operative Held in City - New Indian Express

By Express News Service
Published: 17th October 2015 03:40 AM

HYDERABAD: A youth, who was planning to train Jihadis in Hyderabad was arrested by the special investigation team (SIT) sleuths when he visited Cherlapally Central prison to meet Mohammed Nasir, a member of the dreaded Bangladeshi terror outfit Harkat-ul-Jihadi Al-Islami (HUJI) Friday.

Nasir, a Bangladeshi migrant to Pakistan, was arrested along with five others by the city police for obtaining Aadhaar cards and passports by submitting fake ID proofs in August, this year.
After the arrest of four illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar along with two local brokers, the SIT had deputed a team to keep an eye on the persons coming to meet the accused during Mulaqats.

While the police were verifying the credentials of persons who visit the terror elements, they stumbled upon Alim Ul Islam Mandal, a native of Baltha village in Dakshin Dinajpur district of West Bengal. He came to Charlapally prison to meet Mohammed Nasir, the key accused , who is a relative of Abdul Jabbar, the leader of HUJI. 

Additional commissioner of police (ACP), Crimes, Swati Lakra said that Alim Ul Isalm, the Bengal man who was detained when he came to Cherlapally Central prison to meet Mohammad Nasir was planning to impart training to Jihadis.

“Mohammad Nasir and Alim Ul Islam Mandal worked together in a factory at Panipat and they along with others decided to start a madrasa to impart training for Jihadis. During interrogation, Nasir admitted that he along with Alim Ul Islam Mandal and another person had conspired to establish a madrasa to impart Jihadi training. Alim Ul Islam came to the city to meet Nasir to chart out their plans,” he said.

On August 14, four persons including Mohammed Nasir, a Bangladeshi migrant to Pakistan, suspected to be having close links with banned terror outfit HUJI, were arrested by the city police.  Mohammed Nasir, Joynal Abedin and Faizal Mohamoud, all from Bangladesh and one Zia Ur Rahman of Myanmar were arrested. Later, two more agents were nabbed for helping the accused to obtain passports, voter ID card and Aadhaar card using fake address. Some police constables attached to the Special Branch were also suspended by the Hyderabad police for issuing passports to the accused.

Mohammed Nasir, the key accused, is a relative of Abdul Jabbar, leader of HUJI. He had been living in India illegally since 2010 and in Hyderabad since March 2015. According to investigators, it was Abdul Jabbar who indoctrinated Nasir with Jihadi ideology and sent him to India.

Nasir, along with his wife, stayed at Jalpally in Cyberabad. During his stay in the city, he received several illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar, and arranged for their stay at Masood’s residence as tenants. Showing Masood’s address, passports and other ID cards he arranged Aadhaar cards and other documents for the illegal immigrants.