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

Thursday, August 4, 2016

10228 - Provide alternative to Aadhaar till we expand coverage:Sonowal - Business Standard

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

July 16, 2016 Last Updated at 20:22 IST

Apprehending misuse of Aadhaar by illegal immigrants, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today asked the Centre to consider alternative means to provide direct benefits such as subsidies till its coverage is expanded among the three crore population from the current 13 lakh holders.

Speaking at Inter-state Council meeting here, he asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider alternative to Aadhaar as the National Register of Citizens (NRC) updation exercise is on in the state and Aadhaar enrolment process will take time.

"As we propose to take up Aadhaar enrolment in full swing after completion of NRC updation in next couple of months, I request Prime Minister to consider using alternative mechanism to provide direct benefits including subsidies and public services to the citizens of Assam till that time," he said. 

The Chief Minister said the issue has caused genuine apprehension in the minds of the people that without NRC updation, Aadhaar may be used by illegal migrants for availing various government benefits and for claiming citizenship. 

In this context, Sonowal proposed the use of Jan Dhan accounts for the purpose till the Aadhaar enrolment is taken up after completion of NRC updation exercise. 

At present there are only 13 lakh Aadhaar enrolments out of a population of more than three crore, he said. 

On the law-and-order front in the state, Sonowal demanded a coordinated and effective intelligence gathering mechanism to foil the sinister designs of nefarious forces out to disturb peace and harmony in the region. 

He asked the Centre help in equipping the Assam Police with latest gadgets and weapons and intensive training to deal effectively with insurgents and jihadi elements. 

Sonowal said there was an urgent need for strengthening the road communications and telecom connectivity along border areas and remote habitations in Assam and neighbouring states to thwart the nefarious designs of forces inimical to India. 

"We need to have road communications in border and remote areas, mobile and Internet connectivity right up to police station level so that intelligence gathering, taking local communities into confidence becomes fast and timely," Sonowal said demanding a swift consideration.