Aadhaar

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

10238 - LWE biggest threat to Odisha's internal security: Naveen Patnaik - New Indian Express

By PTI
Published: 16th July 2016 08:28 PM

NEW DELHI: Stating that Left Wing Extremism poses the biggest threat to the internal security of Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said the state government conducts regular anti-Naxal operations in the inter-state border areas to contain the menace.

Participating in the 11th meeting of the Inter-State Council here, Patnaik lamented the meet was convened after a gap of 10 years and advocated for meeting at shorter intervals to deliberate on issues concerning Centre-state relations.

Patnaik expressed his reservations on the introduction of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for disbursal of pensions.

He said Odisha has 44 lakh pensioners and many of them reside in the remote parts of the state.

The state s pension distribution system entailing a fixed-day approach for disbursal at the Gram Panchayat headquarters has been appreciated widely, he said.

Patnaik urged the Union government to ensure balanced and equitable deployment of Central forces among the states in order to prevent cross-border spillage of Maoists.

He also impressed upon the Union government to restore the earlier funding pattern under modernisation of police force.

The Chief Minister stated the recommendations of Punchhi Commission on Centre-state relations have been duly considered by Odisha and its views were furnished to the Central government last year in April.

He added Odisha has accepted majority of the recommendations barring a few which "impinge" upon state s autonomy.

He mentioned Odisha has decided to use Aadhaar as an identifier for providing subsidies, benefits and public services and has already set up a State Resident Data Hub for storing Aadhaar information of residents of Odisha.

The Chief Minister reiterated his concern at the Union government declaring Polavaram project as a national project despite its serious consequences on the livelihood of a large number of tribal families in Odisha and repeated requests of the state to the contrary.


He claimed this is a clear case of conflict of interest and against the principles of fair play and desired the Council should take note of such critical issues having inter-state ramifications and evolve an institutional mechanism to settle such disputes in a time bound and effective manner.