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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


By Varsha Torgalkar, Pune Mirror | May 24, 2016, 02.30 AM IST

State govt to introduce biometric authentication project with smartcards, computerise all transactions made

To curb the number of bogus ration cards and stop leakage of foodgrains, the state government is launching a biometric- based authentication system consisting of computerised cards and Point of Sales (PoS) devices at shops for authentication.

Mahesh Pathak, secretary, food, civil supplies and consumer protection department, said, "The initiative is part of the end-to-end computerisation of the public distribution system (PDS), as per the Union government's order. The project will be implemented in two phases. Phase I consists of control over vehicles carrying foodgrain to godowns, computerisation of all PDS shops and to provide computerised ration cards to beneficiaries. Phase II aims to computerise all transactions made in the PDS. The project will cost a total of Rs 69.73 crore, half of which will be from the central government."

Pathak added, "As part of the first phase, barcoded computerised ration cards (much like smartcards) will be issued in the name of the oldest lady in the family. This is in keeping with the National Food Security Act, 2013, which sought to promote women empowerment. If there is no such woman, card will be issued to the oldest man. However, the names of all family members will be included and the cards will be linked to their Aadhaar card numbers. The state will compile a list of the beneficiaries' name, Aadhaar card numbers, bank account numbers and mobile numbers through private agencies in cities and by revenue departments in rural areas."

He assured, "PDS shops will be installed with PoS devices, through which beneficiaries will be identified by biometric information. Transactions will be carried out with computerised cards. But, people who do not have Aadhaar cards will not be excluded."

Pathak further said, "We have invited tenders for the work. Once these are awarded, all 51,000 ration shops across the state will come under the biometric system within four months." However, he did not divulge how much foodgrain is leaked in the process.

S B Shitole of Sangvi Grahak Bhadar Ration Card Shop said, "Currently, one person comes up with 7-8 ration cards and buys grain and kerosene. Thus, most of the foodgrain go into the market instead of beneficiaries' homes. With the biometric system implemented, the number of fraudulent cards will come down. People will not be able to use ration cards belonging to others."

Vikas Patil, an activist from Pimpri Chinchwad, said, "Though the National Food Security Act was implemented back in 2013, thousands of families struggle to get food through PDS shops as they do not have ration cards. The card requires election cards and other documents, which makes it difficult for many. This will not change till the government formulates a proper plan. Besides this, the government should also be prepared to crack down on any brokerage system that might come in."

█ We have invited tenders for the work. Once these are awarded, all 51,000 ration shops across the state will come under the biometric system within four months