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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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Saturday, March 5, 2016

9370 - Politics Is Not A Meritocracy, Says Nandan Nilekani - NDTV


All India | NDTV.com | Updated: February 14, 2016 22:16 IST


NEW DELHI:  On the NDTV Dialogues this week, Nandan Nilekani, the man who is the architect of Aadhaar, co-founder of Infosys and someone with big ideas for India, opens up in his first expansive interview since he stepped down from his government role and ran successfully for parliament.

As the architect of Aadhaar, on the invitation of ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mr Nilekani spoke of his satisfaction that the Modi government has carried this scheme forward. When asked if his personal meeting with PM Modi helped the premier change his mind about a scheme he had denounced during the campaign for the national election, Mr Nilekani smiled, saying, "I think PM Modi understands technology better than any politician I have met. So, I am sure as Chief Minister of Gujarat, he had implemented Aadhaar. So he knew the value. The meeting certainly helped in the last 5% of convincing." Asked if there was any awkwardness, he quipped, "Only in speaking Hindi." He however ruled out joining government again, even if he was asked by Prime Minister Modi, saying he's "been there, done that".

Mr Nilekani also talked for the first time in detail on his election loss. Admitting that it was mortifying, he outlined why he feels "Politics is not a meritocracy", adding that he will never fight an election again as he doesn't feel he has any "competitive advantage". He said he still does see himself as a Congressman, however.

When asked about the difference between the UPA and the NDA, he joked, "the cow", but added, "changing Party A to Party B, will not solve anything, you have to fundamentally reimagine the way you do things. Going from event to event, its not going to fix anything." Before the budget, he also urged the government to seize the chance for bold reforms as he feels time running out. He also urged a "Common Minimum Programme" of ideas which could be bipartisan - like Aadhaar - for vital issues including the landmark reform GST or national goods and sales tax.

Asked what advice he would give the Prime Minister, if he met him again, he said, "I think it's about execution and empowering the right people, that's how it is going to get done." Advice to Rahul Gandhi: "He is very committed and idealistic, I think he has to combine both short term and long term."

The co-founder of Infosys, which led India's IT revolution, also talked about the new wave of startups and how much he enjoys meeting young, ambitious people, investing in a few lucky ones. However, when asked for the key difference in an enterprise like Infosys and start-ups, he said, "We could never lose money, these guys drop 50 million dollars in a month."

Finally, how does he spend his free time? "Doing absolutely nothing," he smiled. About time for the man who's travelled from being the co-founder of Infosys to being the architect of India's most ambitious social project, giving every Indian a unique identity.  

Nilekani’s advice to PM Modi in a rapid-fire session with NDTV




Story First Published:February 13, 2016 01:25 IST