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, November 19, 2015

9044 - Jean Dreze slams Centre's JAM trinity plans - Business Standard

BS Reporter & PTI  |  New Delhi 
November 7, 2015 Last Updated at 00:20 IST

Noted economist Jean Dreze said on Friday the government’s “single-minded” focus on high-tech cash transfers through Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, and Mobile as a foundation for social policy was “fraught with dangers”, even as he contended that he was first invited to the Delhi Economics Conclave and then told not to turn up.

“Learned economists and policymakers are meeting at Vigyan Bhawan today to discuss the unfolding ‘revolution of social welfare policy’ led by the JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile) trinity,” said Dreze.

“I was initially invited to address this Economics Conclave, but the finance ministry informed me at the last minute that my presence was not required after all. I take this opportunity to share my views with the public rather than behind closed doors,” he said in an article widely published in news websites, before listing out a number of reasons why he thinks the government’s thrust on JAM won’t work.

Dreze is a development economist who counts Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen as one of his influences and with whom he has co-authored several books. Dreze was also a member of the National Advisory Council, a body which was set up during the UPA government’s first term. Dreze later resigned from the body.

Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, whose economic team in North Block had organised the event, tried to downplay the matter by saying that the cancellation was due to “last-minute adjustments” in the schedule of the conference and it had nothing to do with Dreze’s views. “As soon as we had decided, we informed Jean Dreze about it. Just want to make it clear (that) this has nothing to do with views, because the finance minister himself personally called the Kerala chief minister. It is not based on views or anything and everyone is welcome to attend,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the conclave.

He said the government respected Dreze highly and that the latter was welcome to attend the conclave.

Dreze told news agency PTI that he was told he would not even be allowed to attend the conclave.

“On the train to Delhi, I received a call from a functionary from the Ministry of Finance who explained, with some embarrassment, that I had been dropped from the programme and would not even be allowed to attend. No reason was given,” he was quoted as saying by the agency.

In his article, Dreze said that the ambitious implementation of JAM would be faced with a number of hurdles.