Aadhaar

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, November 9, 2015

9029 - Citibank winnows down CMC 2015 field to 20 - Deccan herald

BENGALURU: Nov 4, 2015, DHNS


Citibank has declared the list of 20 selected startups and organised a Demo Day as part of its Bengaluru leg of the Asia-Pacific Citi Mobile Challenge (CMC) 2015.

Citi India country business manager Kartik Kaushik said CMC 2015 is a virtual accelerator with a robust curriculum and mentorship programme aimed at inspiring developers to re-imagine trends in digital banking.

“The finalists will get an opportunity to showcase their ideas and stimulate digital progress in the industry. We are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown by companies involved in CMC,” Kaushik said.

Kaushik added that CMC in India received 1,300 applications from across 110 cities and shortlisted 230 of them, out of which the 20 were selected. 

“Participants represented a wide range of segments, including the start-up community, large and mid-sized corporates, as well as students,” he said.

Bengaluru tops list
Bengaluru tops the list with seven companies, followed by Mumbai with five. The startups range from those working in wearables, financial inclusion, corporate finance, proximity payment, customer engagement, underwriting, to those in B2B connect, and IoT spaces.

Besides partnering with IBM, Google, Amazon, Microsoft Ventures, PwC, Wipro and Nasscom’s 10,000 startups programme, the initiative helps open up Citibank APIs to the startups to build solutions on top of them.

Shrishti ESDM, a Bengaluru based startup founded by B N Pal, conceptualised Aapna-Seva which avails AEPS (Aadhaar-enabled payment system), biometric PoS (Micro-ATM), and Automated Cash Dispensers (AEPS-ATM) to bring about a revolution to cover banking needs of 1.25 billion Indians.

“During his last visit to the Valley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about JAM (Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar, and Mobile) to promote his pet ‘Digital India’ programme. We are exactly in this JAM. We enable cashless transactions of those in small amounts less than Rs 100 and also seamless access to cash for banking customers at convenient time and location,” he said.


The Asia-Pacific Citi Mobile Challenge (CMC) 2015 will have demos in Singapore, Sydney, and Hong Kong. The winner will be announced on December 15.