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

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#BreakAadhaarChains campaign, 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 @no2uid and@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

Saturday, March 12, 2016

9480 - As Aadhaar Bill Is Passed In Lok Sabha, Opposition Alleges Dirty Trick - NDTV

As Aadhaar Bill Is Passed In Lok Sabha, Opposition Alleges Dirty Trick

All India | Reported by Sunil Prabhu, Edited by Shuchi Shukla | Updated: March 12, 2016 00:23 IST

  1. Lok Sabha passes Aadhar Bill as a money bill, opposition protests
  2. Govt trying to make Rajya Sabha redundant as it's in minority: Opposition
  3. Money bill once passed in Lok Sabha can't be amended in Rajya Sabha

The Aadhaar Bill 2016 was passed as a money bill on Friday afternoon by the Lok Sabha, where the BJP-led government has a big majority. The opposition alleges a conspiracy to undermine the Rajya Sabha.

Once a Money Bill is passed by the Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha or Upper House can only discuss it and not make amendments. It also has to discuss the bill immediately as a money bill, if not discussed within 14 days of being tabled in the Rajya Sabha, is "deemed passed".

The opposition says the government is attempting to make "redundant" the Rajya Sabha, where it is in a minority and has found it difficult to push bills.

The Aadhaar bill 2016 seeks to give legal sanction to the unique identification number programme or Aadhaar as a single window to distribute subsidy and other direct benefit transfers.

"If the Congress party wants copyright on this bill am willing to give it to them. But do not delay the bill," said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaking on the Bill in the Lok Sabha.

Mr Jaitley explained why the government has sought to present the Bill as a Money Bill, saying it differs from the one brought by the Congress-led UPA as "the prinicipal purpose is spending the money" for beneficiaries and not as a mere identification document.

He said 97 per cent adults in the country were now covered by Aadhaar and promised that the government would not allow its misuse.

"Dont rush with this," said the Biju Janata Dal's Bhartruhari Mahtab, seeking that the Aadhaar bill be referred to a parliamentary panel.

The Congress, which says it backs the bill but not as a money bill, supported the BJD demand, with its Mallikarjun Kharge saying, "We are for this bill but we have suggestions."

Angry Opposition parties are discussing seeking the President's intervention.

"The Rajya Sabha will be severely impaired if the government decides to adopt the money bill route for the Aadhaar Bill," the Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad told NDTV. "It will be the first step towards making the Rajya Sabha redundant in the days to come."
Story First Published:March 11, 2016 14:42 IST