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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.

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

Special

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.


Sunday, April 3, 2016

9727 - With eye on Uttar Pradesh polls, Narendra Modi turns to Ambedkar - Live Mint

Last Modified: Sat, Apr 02 2016. 10 37 AM IST


Narendra Modi is set to launch a campaign to showcase Ambedkar’s life and to mark the 125th birth anniversary of the Dalit icon

Pretika Khanna

A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: AFP

New Delhi: Ahead of polls in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to launch a campaign to showcase B.R. Ambedkar’s life and to mark the 125th birth anniversary of the Dalit icon. As part of the celebration the prime minister will also address village communities across the nation. On Thursday, President Pranab Mukherjee signed the ordinance to authorize expenditure in Uttarakhand which is currently under President’s rule.
With eye on Uttar Pradesh polls, Narendra Modi turns to Ambedkar
Ahead of next year’s crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a campaign to showcase the life of B.R. Ambedkar, chief architect of the Constitution, with an eye on capturing the Dalit vote in the country’s most populous state. The initiative, Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan, will include a major outreach to India’s villages on three basic themes—promotion of social harmony, rural development and farmers’ progress. The programme is being organised to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar, a Dalit icon, will conclude on 24 April with Modi addressing all village communities. Read More

President signs ordinance on Uttarakhand expenditure
President Pranab Mukherjee has promulgated the Uttarakhand Appropriation (Vote on Account) Ordinance, 2016 which authorizes expenditure in the hill state that has come under direct federal rule because of a political crisis.The ordinance allows for the withdrawal of about Rs.13,642.43 crore to meet the state’s expenditure during the ongoing fiscal year. The centre imposed President’s rule in Uttarakhand this month on grounds of “breakdown of governance” after a political crisis was triggered by a rebellion in the state’s ruling Congress party. Read More

India has started linking Jan Dhan scheme, Aadhaar and mobile numbers: Arun Jaitley
To roll out its ambitious JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) trinity plan to directly transfer subsidies to intended beneficiaries and eliminate intermediaries and leakages, the government has started linking the Jan Dhan scheme, Aadhaar numbers and mobile numbers of individuals, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday. Read More

Kolkata flyover collapse: 3 IVRCL officials held on murder charges; toll rises to 24
A day after an under-construction flyover collapsed in Kolkata leaving at least 24 dead, the police on Friday arrested three top officials of a Hyderabad based company which was building the flyover and slapped murder charges on them. The toll rose to 24 with the recovery of three more bodies from the debris on Friday. Read More

Govt clears diversion of forest land to set up missile testing facility
The environment ministry has cleared the diversion of over 150 hectares of forest in the Krishna wildlife sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh for setting up a missile testing facility, overriding concerns that it could threaten endangered Olive Ridley turtles and several bird species. It is the third time in two years that a defence project has claimed space meant for wildlife. Read More :

Rs1 trillion of power utility debt moves to state balance sheets
Eight states issued bonds to the tune of Rs.1 trillion till 31 March, bringing down the accumulated debt of power distribution companies to Rs.3.3 trillion, power minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet on Friday. According to a government official, who asked not to be identified, the eight states raised Rs.99,541 crore in 2015-16 under the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY), approved by the Union cabinet on 5 November 2015. Read More

Cities battling severe water shortage: poll
More than half the respondents to an instaVaani-Mint survey said their neighbourhoods are battling water shortages, as the country braces for a warmer-than-normal summer. This comes as the IMD (India Meteorological Department) on Thursday in their first summer forecast said that India is likely to see a warmer than normal summer this year. Read More

What do the opinion polls say?
As four states and one union territory head to poll between 4 April and 5 May, opinion polls have predicted a win for the ruling parties in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu and opposition parties in Assam and Kerala. Read More

Growth and happiness
Adding another index, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday, he announced a “happiness ministry” to track growth. He said, “The state will be made responsible for happiness and tolerance of its citizens and will rope in psychologists to counsel people how to be always happy.” Read More