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

8981 - Women stage protest against rising prices of commodities - The Hindu

VISAKHAPATNAM, October 20, 2015

Women staging protest against spiralling prices of essential commodities in Visakhapatnam on Monday. —photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

‘E-pass system has turned out to a bane of the poor’. Ration was not being issued even if the fingerprint was not registered properly due to technical problems.

A novel protest was organised by women under the aegis of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) at the Collectorate here on Monday to highlight the impact of spiralling prices of essential commodities on the common man.

A mannequin of a woman with a kid on her lap and an empty bowl in her hand beckoning to the moon with a new version of the popular Telugu lullaby written on a placard, and another of a man holding a price list of pulses, oil, tamarind, and rice, which skyrocketed in recent months, were the highlight of the protest.
Addressing the gathering, AIDWA leaders said that the steep increase in the prices of essential commodities like red gram, black gram, cooking oil, tamarind, rice, and onion was making it difficult for the poor to have two square meals a day.

The e-pass system, introduced by the government recently, turned out to be a curse for the poor, they said. The slowing down of the ‘server’ and computer link failures were resulting in the cardholders running around ration shops for days on end to get their quota of essential commodities. They were being forced to forego their daily wages to stand in queues at the ration shops. Ration was not being issued even if the fingerprint was not registered properly due to technical problems.
The e-pass system was also creating problems for the ration dealers.

They said that the Supreme Court had issued orders not to stop ration on the pretext of non-possession of Aadhaar card. But ration was not being given if the cardholder had no Aadhaar card or if the name was misspelt on the ration card.

Quoting from surveys, the AIDWA leaders said that on an average 200 out of 1,000 cardholders were being denied ration due to some problem or the other every month.

The government was only supplying rice and sugar through the ration shops and other essential commodities like pulses and oil were not being supplied.

The AIDWA leaders demanded that the Public Distribution System be strengthened to ensure food security.