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 scholar Usha Ramanathan describes 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


Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.

1. There is no feasibility study of the project]

2. The project was approved in haste

3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security

4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose

5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project


What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

10338 - Street children to get Aadhaar cards, bank accounts - The Hindu

HYDERABAD, August 17, 2016

Street children to get Aadhaar cards, bank accounts

Hyderabad has 28,560 of these marginalised citizens as per a survey in January 2016

Children living on the streets without identity papers are likely to get Aadhaar cards as well as bank accounts soon under the RBI-mandated Jan Dhan Yojana. This was disclosed by charity, Save the Children, during the course of a workshop on ‘Vulnerable children and families of displaced communities’ here on Tuesday.

“Sixty per cent of street children have no identity papers. And if they are displaced people or refugees like the Rohingyas in Hyderabad, the children are scared to disclose their identity. We brought this to the notice of National Child Protection Rights Commission and they are studying the feasibility of giving Aadhar cards,” said Bidisha Pillai of Save the Children.

“Hyderabad has 28,560 street children and a majority of them are in the GHMC’s central zone,” informed Alka Singh of Save the Children, releasing the findings of a census of street children in Hyderabad conducted over five months between September 2015 and January 2016.

The statistics reveal the city is not friendly to its marginalised citizens. “A big chunk of the youngsters in the city are migrants from rural Telangana,” said Ms. Singh. About 78.7 per cent of the street children are from Telangana while 12 per cent are from Andhra Pradesh, according to the census.
“Telangana had a super case of disaster where millions were affected without anyone becoming wiser about it. This year we had a slow onset of disaster due to the drought. And what did the government do? We don’t know. Where are the farmers in digital Talangana? Where are the farmers’ children in digital Telangana?” asked Sajit Menon of Save the Children.
Surprisingly, about 66 per cent of street children work and earn money, while 34 per cent of them pursue education in one form or the other.

School at Balapur
“We realised that among the most vulnerable are the children who are displaced due to conflict.
“Hyderabad has Rohingya refugees and many of their children had not seen a school.

“When we brought this to the notice of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan Commissioner, he acted immediately and within 20 days the school started functioning on World Refugee Day on June 20,” informed Ms. Singh.

The school is functional in Balapur where around 100 children spend the day studying and also get a square meal.

The school is run by Save the Children Foundation in tandem with Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.