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, April 8, 2016

9771 - Pakistani minorities in India may soon be issued PAN and Aadhaar cards - TNN

Bharti Jain | TNN | Apr 6, 2016, 11.05 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Religious minorities from Pakistan staying in India on a long term visa (LTV) may soon be issued Aadhaar card, PAN card and driving licence, besides being allowed to open bank accounts and purchase a house in India without prior approval of the Reserve Bank of India.

As part of its constant effort to review the hardships faced by Pakistani nationals belonging to minority communities like Hindus and Sikhs, the government proposes to grant them facilities to ease their stay in India on a long-term visa. These include dispensing with the requirement of personal appearance before the FRRO/FRO for registration, a must for Pakistani nationals. The home ministry also proposes to allow them to move freely within the state or Union territory where they are staying, instead of restricting their movement within the place of stay.

However, the real benefits on the cards for minority refugees from Pakistan include allowing them to take up self-employment or do business "which is considered safe from security point of view" and permission for purchase of dwelling unit for self-occupation and suitable accomodation for carrying out self-employment without prior approval of the RBI, on fulfilment of certain conditions.

Pakistanis granted long-term visa by Indian government are also proposed to issued driving licence, PAN card and aadhar card.

Such minorities, who have chosen to stay in India for fear of persecution back home in Pakistan, are also proposed to given facilities such as permission for transfer of LTV papers from one state/UT to another and waiver of penalty on non-extension of short term visa/long term visa on time.

Top Comment
Timely good gesture.
candu with time

As per the home ministry proposal, on which comments have been invited by April 18, the procedure for grant of Indian citizeship to such nationals belonging to the minority communities in Pakistan has been simplified. The collector, deputy commissioner or district magistrate may authorise, in his absence, an officer not below the rank of SDM to administer the oath of allegiance to the applicant.

The Modi government also proposes to cut the fee for registration of Pakistani minorities as Indian citizens from Rs 5,000 (under registration) or Rs 15,000 (under naturalisation) to a uniform amount of Rs 100 each at the time of application and at the time of grant of certificate of registration/naturalisation.