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

Sunday, March 13, 2016

9494 - In Rare Move, Opposition Seeks Extended Rajya Sabha Session For Aadhaar Debate - NDTV

All India | Written by Rahul Shrivastava | Updated: March 12, 2016 15:12 IST

The opposition's demand is part of a strategy to corner the government on the Aadhaar Bill.


  1. In rare move, opposition asks for 2-day extension of Rajya Sabha session
  2. Opposition wants bills like Aadhaar & union budget to be debated
  3. Rajya Sabha scheduled for a 39-day recess from March 16

In a rarest of rare move, a united opposition on Friday asked the government to extend the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha by two days so crucial bills like Aadhaar and the Union Budget could be debated.

The Upper House is scheduled to slip into a 39-day recess from March 16. The opposition's demand is part of a strategy to corner the government on the Aadhaar Bill, which the BJP-led government managed to pass as a money bill in the Lok Sabha where it has a big majority.

The opposition made this demand at the meeting of the business advisory committee or BAC which comprises of leaders of all parties. The intent is to ensure the Bill is debated.

The government turned the Aadhaar legislation into a money bill to checkmate the opposition's majority numbers in the Rajya Sabha. Once a money bill is passed by the Lok Sabha, the Upper House can only discuss it and not make amendments. Rules also stipulate that a money bill once officially received by the Rajya Sabha has to be discussed within 14 days - or it may be "deemed passed". The bill is likely to be "officially received" on Monday.

The opposition has questioned the clauses using which the bill was declared a money bill. It wants to discuss these contentious issues in the Rajya Sabha. And it knows there is little time.

The first half of the session has three sittings left. On Tuesday, most of the day will go in farewell speeches of retiring lawmakers. The Rajya Sabha has to conclude its debate on the Rail Budget and then take up the Union Budget. That is why the opposition wants few more sittings in the first half. The government is expected to revert on Monday.

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.

Story First Published:March 12, 2016 09:25 IST