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

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

9258 - SC to clear pending constitutional cases from today - Hindustan Times

  • Satya Prakash, Hindustan Times, New DelhiUpdated: Jan 11, 2016 01:22 IST
More than 30 million cases are pending across the country at various stages with judiciary battling shortage of judges. (HT File Photo)

Two constitution benches will start work in the Supreme Court from Monday in an attempt to clear the backlog of constitutional matters as varied as euthanasia and privacy concerns surrounding Aadhaar.

The two benches, assigned five cases each to start with, will assemble post-lunch every Monday and Friday as judges get free by 1-1.30pm on these two days. While Chief Justice of India TS Thakur heads the first bench, justice AR Dave will lead the second.
More than 30 million cases are pending across the country at various stages with judiciary battling shortage of judges.
Unlike the US and many other countries where the supreme court takes up mostly matters involving interpretation of the constitution, India’s top court is flooded with more than 40 types of cases ranging from divorce, child custody to river water disputes between states. In the process, constitutional matters — which involve a substantial question of law — often take a back seat.
CJI Thakur’s move to give the much-needed priority to constitutional matters is aimed at correcting this anomaly. Last year, only four such cases were decided. In 2002, 33 judgments were given — the highest in the last 15 years, while only one case was decided in 2009. Since 2000, the Supreme Court has decided 196 constitution bench matters.
“I always had a firm view that there should be a dedicated bench devoted to complex legal issues. After all what’s a Supreme Court without a constitution bench? This is a good initiative,” former CJI RM Lodha said, welcoming the initiative.
Justice Lodha, however, said it remained to be seen if the arrangement would work. “…I feel it is necessary to have continuous hearings. In this attempt there will be a break of three days. But it’s a good start,” he said.
This is the first time that SC judges will hear constitutional matters after finishing routine work.
A ruling by constitution bench, which has to have at least five judges, can lead to disposal of hundreds or thousands of cases involving the same question of law in trial and high courts.
There are at least 29 important constitutional matters pending with the apex court, sources said. The oldest one is being heard since 1983.
These include Aadhaar scheme challenged on the ground of violation of right to privacy, a terminally ill person’s right to die with dignity (euthanasia), degree of control that the government can exercise on private medical colleges and the Centre’s power to remove a governor.
The CJI has also decided to set up four three-judge benches that will take up around 100 cases referred to larger benches. The oldest one in this category is pending since 1992.
The three-judge benches are headed by justices JS Khehar, Dipak Misra, J Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi.