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

Thursday, October 22, 2015

8976 - Glitch puts lines on Aadhaar cards - TNN

Gokul Rajendran, TNN | Oct 19, 2015, 10.12AM IST

TRICHY: Many people getting plastic Aadhaar cards from common service centres (CSC) run by the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Limited (TACTV) in Trichy these days find that there is a horizontal line right across their picture on the card. According to the officials, glitch in the printing machines is causing the problem. 

The printing of plastic Aadhaar cards has been made easy with the introduction of the service at common service centres (CSC) in 11 taluks - Trichy West, Trichy East, Tiruverumbur, Srirangam, Manapparai, Marungapuri, Lalgudi, Mannachanallur, Musiri, Thottiyam and Thuraiyur- from July this year. Many residents make use of the service, and the centres issues a record 52,142 cards in three months, the district administration said on Friday. However, continuous printing has been wearing out the tape in the header since the last ten days, causing imperfect Aadhaar cards to be printed. An average of 700 to 1,000 cards is printed across the centres daily. 

The public can get the plastic card by providing the 12-digit Aadhaar number mentioned in the normal card that is posted to their address and paying Rs30. If they have just the 14-digit acknowledgment, they have to pay Rs40 per card. In both the cases, either the fingerprint or iris should be verified with the database before the card is issued. 

The glitch in the header creates a horizontal line on the photograph of the card holder, making it look like a damaged card. "The staff in the centre told me about the problem in the printing and asked me come later if I wanted to have a clear card. But I need an Aadhaar card for identification purpose. So, I took the printout from the centre," Alagarasan Maruthan who got the card from the CSC in Trichy West taluk office. Many residents are afraid that the vital government document may get rejected as an identity proof because of the unclear picture. 

The issue persists in the printing machines in almost all the CSCs in the 11 taluks. The situation is the worst in centres in Marungapuri, Musiri and Mannachanallur taluks, where the machines malfunctioned recently. 

Tahsildar for TACTV, Trichy Selvamathi said steps have been initiated to replace the headers and repair the malfunctioned machines. "We have brought the matter to the notice of TACTV, who has to solve the technical problem. They assured they will check the problem in a week's time. Till then, we will manage to run the show with the existing (good) machines without affecting the public," Selvamathi told TOI.