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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.

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

Special

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.


Monday, March 7, 2016

9401 - State-of-the-art presentation on state of economy - Business Standard

Moves away from traditional style
BS Reporter 
February 27, 2016 

Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian's second Economic Survey represents nothing short of a transformation in the style in which Surveys depict the state of the overall economy and the general mood of the government's economic philosophy.

From the style of presentation of key economic trends to the use of numerous new indices, this year's Survey has changed it all. Even the change in the basic colour scheme - from all blue in the previous few years to a mix of vibrant shades of brown, blue, green and even violet - the Survey reflects the thinking and style of Subramanian himself and that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too.

Read our full coverage on Union Budget 2016

The Survey has moved away from traditional ways of data presentation through tables and bar graphs to a more modern scheme of data visualisation through heavy use of scatter diagrams, pie charts and histograms, in Modi's style of promotion. The cover design uses numerous icons - provided by a professional design agency called Noun Project - including those of a tractor, a mother holding her infant and an electricity transmission tower, speaking of the key focus areas of the current government.

As if to highlight the larger context, the cover has a brightly coloured map of India placed against the larger, but almost dull background of the world map, representing the country as what the document inside calls "a haven of stability in a gloomy international landscape". This year's Survey is also bulkier with 543 pages against last year's 427-page Survey. Also, the number of chapters has gone up to 20 from 19.

The Survey is structured in two volumes - a format in use since 1991-92. While the second volume with nine chapters is the conventional Survey in line with the trend, the first volume highlights the government's key priority areas. While the last year's Survey had separate chapters on Make in India and the railways sector, this year's Survey has new and dedicated chapters on the agriculture, fertiliser, and power sectors and 'mother and child' as its highlights.

While last year's Survey had coined the acronym JAM - for Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile - as new modes of subsidy, benefits transfer and financial inclusion, this year's Survey has a chapter titled 'Spreading JAM Across the Economy'. The chapter talks about Aadhaar coverage, use of direct benefit transfer of subsidies and a new index to measure states' JAM preparedness.

And, all of this is shown through numerous maps of India with shaded areas representing the statistical variables - a technique called 'choropleth' in modern data visualisation lingo.

True to his style, Subramanian has dropped catchy phrases to highlight crucial issues. The Survey has likened the Indian economy in the 21st century to the 'Chakravyuh' legend of Mahabharata - the ability to enter but not exit - cautioning the country is facing adverse consequences due to the lack of a way out for failed ventures in a separate chapter, The Chakravyuh Challenge of Economy.

Another key feature of this year's Survey is the focus on stating the current position on issues without prescribing a solution. The Survey forecasts the economy would grow between seven per cent and 7.75 per cent in 2016-17.

It said 'credibility and optimality' favour sticking to next year's fiscal deficit target of 3.5 per cent of GDP. This year's Survey would also be remembered for its little focus on the services sector and the emphasis on preferential trade agreements.



NEW LOOK
  • Significant change in data presentation style - from colour scheme to modern visualisation of graphs
     
  • Use of icons on the cover to highlight focus on agriculture, maternal health and power sector
     
  • Use of catchy phrases to highlight trends - the Chakravyuh Challenge of Economy
     
  • Brightly coloured map of India placed against a dull World map, representing "a haven of stability in a gloomy international landscape"