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

Sunday, November 29, 2015

9088 - Ventures in infancy need PM Narendra Modi's support: Nandan Nilekani - Economic Times

IANS Nov 20, 2015, 04.45PM IST

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi must support new ventures just like a large corporation needs its chief executive to give directions and nurture ideas to grow, says Nandan Nilekani, technocrat and co-founder of one of India's best known IT companies, Infosys.

"In a large corporation, a CEO needs to provide air cover to the teams, nurture new products and ideas. Similarly, the prime minister also needs to provide air cover and nurture these projects in their infancy and then make them part of the mainstream when they achieve scale," he said.

"This is the arithmetic: 10 projects multiplied by a team of 10 for each project plus prime minister's support will equal 101," Nilekani told IANS in an interview.

In his recent book, Rebooting India, co-authored with Viral Shah, Nilekani talks about a tech-driven vision of modern India. "We identify 12 grand challenges. Of these 12, two have attained scale - Aadhaar and Pahal," he said.
"That leaves us with 10, of which four are in the early stages where a lot of ground work has been done - GST (goods and services tax), electronic toll, cashless economy with MicroATMs and Aadhaar, and a paperless society with eKYC (know your customer)," Nilekani said.
"For the other six grand challenges -- health, education, elections, energy, justice and government expenditure management, we have projected our learnings from our time in government, and come up with a detailed implementable roadmap."
Expressing his confidence on Aadhaar, which he oversaw as the chief of the Unique Identification Authority of India, and Pahal, for giving up subsidy on cooking fuels, Nilekani said if they are successful, then the 10 projects he has envisaged will also materialise.
Asked about mushrooming of startups in India and his investments in some of them, he said: "I invest in startups that are operating at the India-scale, building products that organize the unorganized and empower the small guy."
Nilekani, who founded Infosys with six others and was its chief executive from March 2002 till April 2007, has already invested in half a dozen start-ups.
Talking about Aadhaar project, Nilekani said: "In Rebooting India, we define the India stack that shows the power of Aadhaar. It consists of Aadhaar authentication, e-KYC, e-sign, digital locker and cashless payments."
He said all these pieces have been designed and developed.
"The first three have rolled out at scale -- e-sign is defined and being implemented. The digital locker is now in the definition phase. The National Payments Corporation of India is implementing the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) that will bring cashless payments," he said.

"Thus, we can make all trans