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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

10195 - SEBI may take Aadhaar route to tap buyers on e-comm platforms - Hindu Businessline


This will help in easy on-boarding of customers, says Nilekani panel


The Nandan Nilekani Committee set up by the securities market regulator has suggested that Aadhaar-based e-KYC be the enabler to achieve the objective of roping in 20 crore investors in the next few years, according to sources. At present, there are about 4.5 crore investors.

This would help in easy on-boarding of customers as Aadhaar already has an individual’s bank account number.

The committee was set up to outline the manner in which mutual fund schemes may be sold over e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Flipkart.

Spot registration

To help in increasing the number of e-KYC registration for Aadhaar holders, the industry has mooted spot registration at investor meets, incentivising banks and micro-finance institutions to do e-KYC, and putting up stalls at post offices, among other things. The Committee has also suggested doing away with the investment cap of ₹50,000 per fund house per annum based on Aadhaar and make it ₹ 50,000 per transaction as the Aadhaar Bill has been passed in Parliament.

The objective of the regulator is to expand the mutual fund industry by adding another distribution channel — the e-commerce platform — to the already existing banks/independent financial advisors, national distributors and direct to customer.

SEBI’s thought process takes into account that inefficient players from every distribution channel would not survive. Those from existing channels may also take advantage of the expanding market place and tailor their offerings accordingly to survive first.

“E-commerce players have to register themselves with SEBI before offering mutual fund schemes. They would be required to have an ARN (AMFI Registration) number and NISM certification in place before they offer schemes on their platform,” said a CEO of a mutual fund. To ensure that investors do not end up buying products that they are not supposed to, as per their risk profile, SEBI is considering implementing suitability norms for products to be sold to investors based on their risk profile.
First-time investors would have to provide details about themselves on the e-commerce platform and only after their risk profile is ascertained would they be able to buy those mutual products, said sources. Rules and guidelines that are specific to selling mutual fund schemes by e-commerce platforms are in the process of being framed, they added.
(This article was published on July 5, 2016)