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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


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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, January 19, 2016

9235 - Heads-Up 2016: Judiciary- Self-assertion and a night hearing on life and death - Indian Express

The court refused to give up the primacy of the Chief Justice of India in higher judicial appointments.

Written by Utkarsh Anand
Updated: January 1, 2016 10:13 am


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In the concluding part of this series, The Indian Express reporters look at five different institutions from business to culture, legislature to judiciary, and read between the headlines of this year to interpret what will make news in 2016.

Looking back

The government’s attempt to change the way judges are appointed got a thumbs-down during the year from a constitution bench that quashed the National Judicial Appointments Commission, ruling that it threatened the independence of the judiciary. The court refused to give up the primacy of the Chief Justice of India in higher judicial appointments.

Among major judgments, the Supreme Court struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act that authorised arrest for social media posts construed “offensive”or “menacing”, ruled that an unwed mother can be appointed the sole legal guardian of her child without the consent of the father, and scrapped a notification including Jats among OBCs in nine states. It banned registration of diesel SUVs and high-end vehicles with capacity over 2000 cc in Delhi until March 31, 2016, and stopped entry of goods vehicles not bound for Delhi.

In the 1997 Uphaar fire case, the court ordered the Ansal brothers to compensate the families of the dead but controversially allowed them to walk free on account of age. It ruled Sushil , 75, is “fairly aged” and that his brother Gopal, 67, deserves “parity” with him.

A novelty in 2015 was a pre-dawn hearing on Yakub Memon’s mercy petition. He was hanged hours after the court rejected it.

The court acknowledged attempts were made through “politics and activism” to influence the proceedings on the Gujarat riots, as it rejected sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s plea to investigate BJP president Amit Shah’s role in allegedly trying to scuttle the probe into encounter killings. In a hearing on the meat ban, the SC noted that “a ban cannot be forced down somebody’s throat” and that the “spirit of tolerance” was paramount.

Looking forward

Hearings will continue on the BCCI spot-fixing case, coal block allocation, appeals by convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination for their premature release, black money, the Vyapam scam, and Maharashtra’s dance bar ban. The year will begin with a ruling on a batch of petitions by Rahul Gandhi, Subramanian Swamy, Arvind Kejriwal and others who have questioned the validity of India’s criminal defamation law.

One thing that didn’t happen

A decision on Aadhaar. The court allowed the government to use Aadhaar only for a few schemes and left the question of validity to a constitution bench.

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