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

Friday, March 18, 2016

9545 - Centre flayed for infringement on privacy, unilateralism on Aadhaar - Hindu Business Line


7 major campaigns across sectors

Training guns on the “undemocratic manner” in which the Aadhaar Bill was passed last week, activists from seven major campaigns across sectors, such as food, health and education, on Monday accused the government of not only “Constitutional infringement” on privacy, but also “ignoring the opinion of States” by bypassing the Rajya Sabha.

“Aadhaar neither prevents leakages of ration, particularly from godown to shops, nor does it deter corruption. On the contrary, it gives the officials undue power to decide whose biometrics match or not, and has proven time and again that it is one of the most inefficient ways of ensuring delivery given the inordinate dependence on machines”, said Nikhil Dey at a press conference on the Budget’s proposals on the social sector.

Meagre allocation
Kavita Srivastava of the Right to Food Campaign said the budget was far from being pro-farmer. “The actual increase in allocation is only 33 per cent, not 128 per cent, as claimed by the government,” she said.

Pointing out that the budgetary allocations for the social sector had declined not only in nominal terms but more drastically in real terms, Mathew Cherian of Pension Parishad said if any of the schemes get indexed to inflation, it is evident that the decline could be as drastic as over 100 per cent in the case of old age pension. Bezwada Wilson, National Convener, Safai Karamchari Andolan, said the five-year outlay of ₹4,656 crore committed for rehabilitation of manual scavengers in 2013 was reduced to ₹10 crore in the present Budget on the plea that funds are underutilised. “Who is responsible for this” he asked.

Health mission
Vandana Prasad of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan said it was “worrying that the government’s flagship programme for strengthening the public health system, the National Health Mission — given the impact of inflation and population increase — had an insignificant rise from ₹19,135.37 crore in 2015-16 year to ₹19,437 crore for 2016-17. This is actually is 6-7 per cent decrease per capita, she added.

(This article was published on March 15, 2016)