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 scholar Usha Ramanathan describes 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


Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.

1. There is no feasibility study of the project]

2. The project was approved in haste

3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security

4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose

5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project


What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

9103 - Work on to integrate Aadhaar card details with NPR - Tribune

Posted at: Nov 25 2015 1:39AM
 Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, November 24

Thousands of government school teachers across Punjab have once again got busy with a one-month exercise to integrate Aadhaar card details with the National Population Register (NPR) by visiting each household and getting two forms filled for each of the family member whose data had been integrated in the 2011 census exercise.

The teachers have been handed over printed data with already available information on which they have to update details, including Aadhar card number of each family member, their individual mobile numbers and even ration card details (optional as new ration cards not being made). Certain changes such as splitting of a family with few members moving out to other locations too have to be noted in the forms for the further upgradation of the data.

This is the third visit to the household by the enumerators to cull data for the NPR since 2011. A socio-economic, caste and religion census had been conducted by the government two years ago. The current exercise is being conducted by the administration for rural areas and by the MC staff for the colonies falling in the city limits. The enumerators have been fuming that the entire exercise of keeping an integrated data should have been done from the very beginning instead of matching it at this stage which, they said, had become very cumbersome.

While the current exercise is to be completed by the end of this month, most enumerators have said that they were facing a lot of problems. “The printed data which we have received for the areas to be covered by us is incomplete and we cannot proceed till we get a handbook for the same,” said some teachers from Phillaur.

The enumerators said there had been a lot of migration, especially of population around industrial areas of the city, and it was not getting possible to trace them from anywhere. “As per the instructions, we have to seek details of their new locations from their neighbours and report back. Most neighbours too are not able to give any information despite repeated visits,” they said. The staff also said that getting the phone numbers from the families too was very difficult, as many of them were reluctant to share such details.

There are 914 teachers engaged for the work only in Jalandhar rural areas. The Education Department officials said the teachers working as enumerators had been asking them to allow them to leave the school premises by noon, which they too were finding difficult.

Joint Commissioner, Jalandhar, MC Rajiv Kumar Verma, said nearly 60 per cent work in the city areas was over since November 1 and the rest would be done by November 30. Deputy Commissioner KK Yadav has appealed to the residents to cooperate with the staff. The office of the Director, Local Bodies, has been coordinating the exercise for the state.