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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

9192 - EC tells HC lakhs of duplicate voters exist - TNN

Sagarkumar Mutha | TNN | Dec 19, 2015, 07.05 AM IST

HYDERABAD: In a startling disclosure that might have a bearing on the upcoming civic polls, the Election Commission of India on Friday told the Hyderabad High Court that Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) authorities had indeed deleted names of 6.1 lakh voters and plan to delete eight lakh more categorized as "duplicate." 

Election Commission counsel Avinash Desai told Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy, who was hearing the case, that the deletion of duplicate votes will be done only after GHMC elections to avoid any further controversy now. 

Justice Reddy questioned as to why such an exercise was not taken up and completed much earlier. "Is it difficult for the EC to detect duplicate votes well in advance?" he asked. 

The revelations were made by the EC counsel in response to pleas by Congress party's GHMC OBC cell chairman Nagesh Mudiraj and TDP leader Feroze Khan -- who had challenged the deletion of over six lakh voters within GHMC purview on various grounds. 

Justice Reddy said that the EC should not take sides and should have taken an unbiased stand. The petitioners contended that the officials are hastening the process of determining ward reservations for Backward Castes without realising that the deletion exercise will result in change of composition of the city's population. 

Ravi Sankar Jandhyala, the counsel for one of the petitioners, told the court that GHMC authorities are preparing to delete 7.9 lakh more voters on the ground that they are 'duplicates'. 

Desai, the EC counsel, told the court that they have received communication from the commission that the authorities have deleted 6.30 lakh votes due to various reasons like shifting of residences, change of address etc. However, following appeals by voters, the officials have restored 20,000 votes.

To a question by the judge, the EC counsel confirmed that this means as many as 6.1 lakh votes were officially deleted. Responding to the allegations on plans to delete eight lakh votes, Avinash furnished to the court a communication he received from the Central Commission in which it was said that the deletion of 7.90 lakh voters that were found with duplicate names will be taken up only after the GHMC elections.

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Explaining their case on duplicate voters, the EC counsel said that there are instances where there are voters registered as Jagannath J and J Jagannath. "One Jagannath is a duplicate vote and we have decided not to delete even such votes till the GHMC elections," Avinash said.

Petitioner's counsel Jandhyala also found fault with the authorities for allowing the staff to go ahead with the process of linking Aadhaar card with voter identity cards. "This is resulting in several problems and that was precisely the reason why the Supreme Court had declared such an exercise an illegal one and directed the authorities not to go ahead with it," he said. "But despite this, the officials here are linking Aadhaar cards with voter cards," he added.

The judge appreciated the petitioners and their counsel for questioning the deletions and bringing in awareness on the issue. "Instead of groping in dark, you did a good thing. Now there is some clarity. Some got their votes restored. Some clarity has come on the total number of votes that were deleted. And also a decision not to delete seven lakh more votes too was taken by the authorities," the judge added.