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

Monday, March 7, 2016

9417 - Focus on agriculture, infrastructure hailed - The Hindu

Updated: March 1, 2016 14:51 IST


Emphasis on irrigation, soil health and increased use of organic fertilizers a forward-looking feature

The Union Budget 2016-17 is a mixed bag for the chambers of commerce and industrial houses across the State. Corporate heads from various sectors commended it for its focus on infrastructure development, agriculture and rural sectors and termed it a forward-looking budget.

“The emphasis given to irrigation, soil health, increased use of organic fertilizers and developing a Unified Agriculture Marketing e-platform are steps in the right direction. The announcements for settlement of pending taxation matters will help resolve long overdue cases, and the simplified process of declaration of undisclosed income is likely to bring in new tax payers,” A. Vellayan, executive chairman, Murugappa Group.

B. Santhanam, president and managing director - Flat Glass, South Asia, Malaysia and Egypt, Saint Gobain India Private Limited, said overall the budget was positive and forward looking with more thrust on rural development, infrastructure, and digital connectivity besides social sectors. He also welcomed the continuity of the MNERGA & Aadhaar schemes and the doubling of the farmers’ income by 2020.

The Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry welcomed the following measures from the point of view of boosting trade related transactions: deferring payment of custom duties for large exporters in line with central excise duty procedure; implementation of single window clearances using the EDI platform for customs transactions with a view to reducing transaction time and cost; replacing physical control of bonded goods with technology to ease doing business.

Proposals salutary
Chambers president S G Prabhakharan said from the industry and business point of view, the following proposals are salutary: doing away with multiple and unproductive cess and the decision to have a relook into the Companies Act.

C. K. Ranganathan,chairman and managing director, Cavinkare Private Limited, said that the allocation of Rs. 35,984 crore for the agriculture sector would indirectly fuel the demand for FMCG and have a trickle-down effect. “The 100 per cent FDI in marketing of food products produced and manufactured in India would help avoidance of wastage of over 30 per cent of farm produce and higher realisation to farmer,” he added.

At the budget viewing session organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, E. S. Krishnamoorthy, founder and CEO, Neurokrish, appreciated the three-year tax-holiday for start-ups and the patent exemption scheme, which will boost the R&D and innovation.

He commended the renal dialysis scheme and suggested that government introduce similar schemes for other chronic illnesses.

S. Mahalingam, Chairman, CII National Committee on Sector Skill Councils, emphasised the importance of digital infrastructure (e-commerce) and Aadhaar.