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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


Special

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

Quotes

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.


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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

9173 - The Postman Who Never Rang Even Once

By C V Aravind
Published: 15th December 2015 06:00 AM

Nearly seven decades ago, MGM, the legendary film studio, came out with a film titled, The Postman Always Rings Twice, starring the heartthrob of millions at that time, the bewitching beauty Lana Turner in the lead role. I was reminded of the film and the title when I read in the newspapers the story of a postman in Kodialbail, a small town in Mangalore, who, if the sequence of events are any indication, never bothered to ring the bell even once at any of the households under his jurisdiction. The story unfolded like this.

The postman obviously intending to minimise his daily workload actually managed to do away with it altogether. He faithfully took delivery of the daily tappal from the post office and delivered every single consignment to just one address, his own.

The cookie finally crumbled when the landlord having allowed the postman to stay on despite the rising arrears of rent found his patience wearing thin, and one fine day, decided to break open the house and throw his tenant’s belongings out. It was then that he stumbled on the cache. Not a junkie’s lifetime supply of narcotics, nor stacks of thousand dollar bills neatly stacked, not even several kilos of gold or diamonds. Strewn all over were inland letters, postcards, Aadhaar cards, appointment letters, love letters, court notices and so on and so forth. At a rough count, there were over four thousand in all and the entire paraphernalia could well tally with the number of letters that he had taken delivery of from the post office where he had been serving for a year-and-a-half.

When last heard, the poor bloke had been suspended for his effort or rather the lack of it and the post office had made alternate arrangements to deliver the mail to the addressees and obviously many of them might have been left wringing their hands in despair piqued no end by the inordinate delay in delivery.

Although in this electronic age modes of communication like postcards, inland letters etc. have all but become obsolete and the telegraph service — once a vital mode of conveying urgent news (mostly relating to someone or the other kicking the bucket) through telegrams especially in the pre-Sam Pitroda and C-Dot days when you had to book trunk calls and wait for an eternity to get through — has been totally dispensed with as it had become unremunerative, the sight of an ubiquitous postman in his livery or nowadays, mostly in mufti is indeed a welcome one.

And considering the fact that the erstwhile UPA government’s flagship scheme, Aadhaar, involved sending crores of cards through post offices, the role of the humble postman became more pronounced and important. Of course, our friend who earned his keep without the sweat of his brow could well be an exception.

And come to think of it, he was not the first sinner in this category. He had an illustrious predecessor in a postman somewhere in England who could well have staked his claim for a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest collection of letters. It was found that in his 30-odd years of service, he had not delivered a single letter, a feat that makes our desi hero’s achievement pale into insignificance.


 aravindcv@yahoo.in