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, January 8, 2016

9210 - Schools asked to report data twice for govt records - TNN

Abhishek ChoudhariDec 24, 2015, 03.10 AM IST

Nagpur: Much to their dismay, this year schools in state have to submit details about their staff, students and infrastructure to two different databases. In the current year, the new online database called SARAL was supposed to replace the older version and for months now schools have been keying in the data. But now technicial issues have forced education department to ask schools to submit the same data in the older version called UDISE.

Anil Kohle, primary education officer (Nagpur district), said, "SARAL is working fine but there are just slight issues with the processing part, which will be taken care of soon. In the meantime, schools have to fill up the online UDISE as well for the current academic year."

Extra clerical work is something that schools despise, considering that the servers taking care of these databases are not always cooperative. A school principal said, "There are quite a few things that have to be entered manually and this makes things tedious. For many inputs we can upload files to the server but have found that sometimes compatibility issues crop up. Now to fill the data in at both UDISE and SARAL is a big headache."

While schools' concern about extra clerical load is valid, there is no denying that the SARAL database will usher in a new era in bringing transparency and ease of policy making for school education in state. SARAL will have data not only about students and staff but also about the school's management members and infrastructure. Developed by the central government's National Informatics Centre, SARAL is unique because it goes beyond collecting statistics and moves into tracking a student's academic performance.

Detailed databases will also help schools save countless man-hours in compiling statistical reports that were required by the education department almost every quarter. The current system of digital data collection was limited to UDISE, which is maintained by the central government. The new database has a very statistical approach and can spit out traditional reports like number of schools/teachers/students along with a few filters. Education societies also have to register and then all schools under them will be linked to "mother ship".

This, for the first time, will enable education department to instantly see how many schools are owned by a single entity. Database of students is also being prepared and linked with their Aadhaar card number. The state government had started the "School Students Aadhaar Card Campaign" with a target of enrolling every student. Once SARAL is fully operational, schools won't have to upload data with UDISE separately. Relevant information from SARAL will be automatically sent to UDISE.