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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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Monday, March 7, 2016

9428 - Political updates: Modi invokes Indira, Rajiv statements disapproving Parliament disruptions - Live Mint


Urging the opposition to support the govt in its efforts to develop the country, Modi said he need their help and experience

Meenal Thakur

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his reply to a motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha on Thursday invoked former Congress prime ministers, including Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, to address the matter of frequent disruptions in Parliament.

Aadhaar Bill introduced in Lok Sabha
The Aadhaar bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. Expectations are that it will be a money bill, which essentially means that Rajya Sabha will not be able to exercise its now customary veto to legislations moved by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Of course, this assumes the Speaker endorses the government move.

In other major developments on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing Parliament. He is replying to the debate on the President’s address to Parliament.
Also, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar will be released on Thursday, after he was granted bail on Wednesday. However, the Delhi Police have not taken a call on whether to provide security cover to Kumar once he is out of jail, given the threat he faces, reports The Hindu .

In other news, corruption is back on the national political agenda as the Aircel-Maxis deal continued to feature prominently in Parliament for the second day in a row. Regional parties like the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK), Biju Janata Dal (BJD) as well as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) targeted former finance minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram for his alleged involvement. These parties have demanded an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the scam. Read more here

The multi-crore corruption scandal was first exposed by The Pioneer. Read more here about Karti’s investment in real estates and other business activities in about 14 countries.
The issue is being raised at a time when five states are set to go to polls in the next two months, one of which is Tamil Nadu, the home state of Chidambaram. The Election Commission will soon announce the dates for elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry. Deccan Chronicle had last week reported that the Election Commission (EC) has wrapped up its three-month-long consultation and preparation exercise for conducting the polls on 24 February and elections will be announced anytime soon. Another report by Times of India said that the EC was expected to announce the dates for Tamil Nadu’s election later this week.

Talking of poll-bound states, the Congress party has started its preparation early in the crucial election-bound state of Uttar Pradesh. On Wednesday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi held a meeting of party leaders from the state to discuss the strategy for state polls. Read here
Gandhi also weighed in on the ongoing debate in Parliament on the President’s address. In a speech laced with occasional humour, Gandhi targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claiming that he had lost touch with the people. Read more
Finally, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, got an interim bail late on Wednesday evening. Kumar last month was arrested on sedition charges, which triggered a political backlash by members of the opposition parties as well as rights groups opposing the move. The court on Wednesday agreed that he can have any political affiliation or ideology and that he has every right to pursue it, however, “it can be only within the framework of our Constitution”. Read more
To know more about this PhD scholar, read ‘Who is Kanhaiya Kumar’.