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

9070 - Alarm over seizure of fake passports from illegal Bangladeshi immigrants - The Hindu

MUMBAI, November 16, 2015

The ATS claims that many illegal immigrants not only have forged ration cards, Aadhaar and other documents but also Indian passports. File photo

Matter came to light during a verification drive in Thane
The Mumbai police and the State Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) have raised serious security concerns over infiltrating Bangladeshi nationals obtaining forged Indian passports. The latest development came to light after the recent arrest of scores of illegal immigrants from Thane, revealing as many as 40 infiltrators have possibly managed to obtain Indian passports from remote districts in Jharkhand.

Sources in the ATS said the agency has now handed over this fresh list to the Thane police, claiming many of them have not only forged ration cards, Aadhaar and other documents but likely an Indian passport as well. This has sent alarm bells ringing in the security establishment.

“This matter came to light during a passport verification drive of a recently-arrested group of illegal immigrants. It seems they paid about Rs. 5,000 to agents for pretending to be Indian nationals and thereby obtaining Indian passports. This is a very serious and sensitive issue, and we are investigating how these infiltrators are obtaining fake passports with such ease,” said a senior official from the ATS.

The ATS investigation has revealed some touts are helping these illegal immigrants ferry back and forth a trip from and to Bangladesh once the passport is ready. These passports, officials said, were applied for through an online system last year as per the usual procedures of the Regional Passport Office, and its requirements to fill a passport form. The immigrants had provided their Aadhaar and voter ID card for identification to the police and the local administration, sources in the ATS said.

In 2012, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray had held Bangladeshi infiltrators responsible for the widespread violence on August 11, which left two persons dead and 45 others injured. While blaming the illegal immigrants for attacks on the Mumbai police and media persons, Mr. Thackeray had flashed what he claimed was a green-coloured passport found at the venue and purportedly belonging to a Bangladeshi.