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

Monday, July 18, 2016

10165 - Pak boy gets Aadhar, state in a fix - TNN

Pak boy gets Aadhar, state in a fix

Aditi Gyanesh | TNN | Jun 26, 2016, 02.56 PM IST

BHOPAL: After Track-II diplomacy failed to help reunite Karachi runaway boy Ramzan with his mother in Pakistan through the Bangladesh route, Madhya pradesh government is now embroiled in the controversy over issuing an aadhar card to him.

Ramzan is a Pak national and holds a 12 digit unique identification number (9260-4678-7121) issued by Unique identification authority of india on behalf of Government of India. His aadhar number was issued as a Indian national on the address problem of his shelter home Umeed, without a nationality check, as he told he hailed from Ranchi during the process.

While state home department ordered an inquiry into the matter, authorities claimed his aadhar card was processed before they came to know about his links with Pakistan and Bangladesh, where his father currently stays with his step mother.

It was only after Aadhar application of Ramzan and other inmates of Umeed shelter home were sent for processing that Ramzan shared the truth about his nationality with the NGO. Ramzan claimed that he was tortured by his step mother in Bangladesh, which forced him to cross over to India through the porous Bangladesh border before finally reaching Bhopal.

When Aadhaar card applications were being prepared by NGO Aarambh, Ramzan told members that he hailed from Ranchi. But by the time, he hit headlines of being a Pakistani national, his aadhaar card was already issued.

"We tried getting his Aadhar card cancelled, but the office where it was issued categorically said UIDAI rulebook doesn't have an option for cancellation. So we wouldn't do anything. On last Friday some members again checked with the Aadhar card office and they denied again," said Archana Sahay, director NGO Aarambh and Childline Bhopal.

Aadhaar card is a 12 digit unique identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India on behalf of the Government of India. This number serves as a proof of identity and address, anywhere in India. Any individual, irrespective of age and gender, who is a resident in India and satisfies the verification process laid down by the UIDAI can enrol for Aadhaar.

However, the confusion still prevails over the issue that whether any foreign national is eligible to get the Aadhaar card or not and what are terms and conditions for it. Talking about this, M Selvendran, managing director, MP state electronics development corporation limited and state registrar for UIDAI, while talking to TOI said, "Having an Aadhaar card does not give a proof of nationality. Anyone living in India for more than 180 days in India can get the aadhaar card, if he has any of the required 18 identity proofs. About Ramzan holding an Aadhaar card, we were informed on Saturday morning and now we are checking the documentation submitted. If there will be any error found, it will be cancelled immediately otherwise he can use that Aadhaar card."

"There is a proper procedure for cancellation of Aadhaar. Willing person need to submit an application to the state registrar and then it is forwarded to head office to check if it's eligible for cancellation," he added.
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Secretary, Home Department, D P Gupta, while talking to TOI said, "There is a valid process of cancellation through state registrar and any one living in India for more than certain time period can hold it."

For the time being, Ayodhya Nagar police station has taken the copies of documents to inquire the matter.