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

Friday, November 20, 2015

9049 - 4 Myanmar refugees among 6 held in Hyderabad - TNN

TNN | Nov 9, 2015, 06.20AM IST

HYDERABAD: Police have arrested six persons, including four refugees from Myanmar, for illegally obtaining Indian passports and other identity cards (ID) cards under false names. They also arrested a home guard posted at RTA office, Khairatabad, for helping the refugees in securing the Indian passport illegally. 

In a joint operation conducted by the Bahadurpura police along with Special Branch cops at Kishanbagh and MM Pahadi in Rajendranagar, four Rohingyas from Myanmar, Md Rafeeq, 24, Md Aziz, 35, of Kishanbagh, Abdul Kareem, 35, and Md Saleem, 22, of MM Pahadi have been arrested. 

Cops seized two Indian passports containing photographs of Md Rafeeq and Md Aziz with false names and local addresses. Police also seized Indian passport applications of Kareem and Saleem with fake details of their identity. Cops also seized four voter ID and Aadhaar cards containing their photographs, but fake particulars. 

On interrogation, the four refugees, who have United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)-issued identify cards, confessed that they wanted to go to North American, Middle East or West European countries for employment and decided to obtain Indian passports for that purpose. 

The four refugees have told police that home guard Nazir Khan, 40, of Kishanbagh, currently posted at RTA office in Khairatabad, had helped them to contact Md Ghouse, 32, of Hussainialam, to obtain voter ID cards with fake particulars. 

With the help of Ghouse, the four refugees obtained voter ID cards and then Aadhaar cards with fake particulars and then opened bank accounts. Using all the supporting documents with fake particulars, the refugees applied for Indian passports. Rafeeq and Aziz managed to obtain Indian passports, but during the antecedent verification Kareem and Saleem's passport applications were rejected. After a detailed scrutiny of the applications, the Special Branch cops along with Bahadurpura police nabbed all the four on Sunday. Based on their confession, police also arrested Ghouse and Nazir. 

A case was registered against the accused by the Bahadurpura police under sections, 370, 466, 468, 474, 473, 474 r/w 109 of the IPC, sections 12(1)(b)(d) of the Indian Passport Act 1967, section 14(a)(b)(c) of the Foreigners Act 1946, sections 10 & 24 of the Immigration Act, 1983, section 3 of the Passport Re-entry Act, 1920. 

The arrested persons would be produced in court and remanded in judicial custody on Monday.