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


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


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.

Monday, April 4, 2016

9731 - Union Govt orders closure of Aadhaar centres in JK - Vreater Kashmir

Ignores State Govt plea for extension; 35 lakh people still to get ID

Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 2 2016 10:21PM | Updated Date: Apr 2 2016 10:21PM

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Despite the centre government passing Aadhaar Bill making biometric identification of citizens mandatory for transferring subsidies, the Union Home Ministry has closed down all permanent Aadhaar enrolment centre’s in Jammu and Kashmir which is likely to hamper enrolment of left over population in the state.
The enrolment of citizens under Aadhaar in JK has been sluggish owing to various factors. As per sources, there are still around 35 lakh people out of total 1.25 crore odd souls in JK whose biometrics are yet to be enrolled and their details need to be sent to the Union Home Ministry’s Registrar General of India, for them to continue availing various schemes of the government.
The decision of the Union Home Ministry will imply that 344 Aadhaar enrolment centre established in tehsils and district headquarters of the state will be closed down as a result of which people whose Aadhaar cards have mistakes or need any rectification will have nowhere to go. Further, it would hamper the enrolment of left over population.

Officials said that the union government has taken the decision despite repeated pleas by the JK government seeking extension in operation of these centers.

“The agreement of the PECs contract with vendors is coming to end by 3lst March 2016 and State Coordinator has been asked, vide letter no. N-9/1/2016 from the Office of the Registrar General, Government of India, to direct all the respective Deputy Commissioners to take possession of all the hardware deployed at PECs like laptops, finger print scanners, web cam, which are the property of Office of Registrar General of India (Registration),” said a communiqué of IT department.
A senior IT department official said that the decision of the Union Home Ministry will affect Aadhaar enrolments. “Governor and Chief Secretary have already written to the Union Home Ministry seeking extension of Permanent Aadhaarcentres for citizens as the closure of these centres will have severe impact on the enrolments,” he said adding that however the centre government has not paid any heed to the pleas of the state government.

The official said that the biometric enrolment of people in JK was started late in comparison to other states and in this situation JK should have been provided extra time to operate the permanent Aadhaar centres.

The Lok Sabha last month cleared the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016, as a Money Bill. The centre government would save crore of rupees by routing government subsidies through the unique identification or Aadhaar system now that it has statutory backing.