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, December 11, 2015

9155 - Staff, machine shortage cripple Aadhaar drive for college students - Deccan herald

Shruthi H M, Dec 9, 2015, Bengaluru: DHNS:

Even as the State government has begun a massive enrolment drive for Aadhaar cards among school students, pre university colleges too have now been roped for the task.

Along with school students, the government hopes to ensure that all the PU students in the State have Aadhaar numbers by the end of this academic year. As per the plan, the government is sending a team of representatives for generation of Aadhaar numbers for students at their respective colleges. The Department of Pre University Education has directed the principals of all PU colleges (government, aided and unaided) to provide requisite information of students for the purpose.

However, the ambitious project is moving at a rather slow pace as far as the PU colleges are concerned. The Deputy Directors of Pre University Education (DDPUs) who are monitoring the project at the ground level told Deccan Herald that it had not progressed much owing to lack of human resources and the machines used for generating the numbers.

According to the DDPUs, they are able to manage registration of only about 40 to 50 students per day in their respective districts. There are around 4,500 PU colleges in all across the state and they fear that this process would stretch for months together.
Requesting anonymity, a DDPU said, “There aren't sufficient number of machines. Also, unlike the BEO offices, the DDPU offices are short staffed and we are finding it really difficult to manage this enrollment drive.

Another DDPU added, “In my district there are around 350 colleges with 80,000 students or more. The current pace is not more than 40 students per day. Moreover, when the team goes to the college, the students are not always available. We are feeling that the project is too massive for us to handle with the current resources.”

At the State-level, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is co-ordinating the drive. PC Jaffer, state project director, SSA, said they would be making more kits available as and when needed.

“We have just started it only recently. We will increase the number of Aadhaar kits as per requirement.” Also, he opined that the challenges faced in Bengaluru required a different strategy altogether as the city had the highest number of those who had not enrolled for Aadhar.