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, September 5, 2016

10360 - Mamata threatens to protest in Delhi on Aadhaar issue - Hindustan Times

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, KolkataUpdated: Aug 26, 2016 16:44 IST

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee calls for fresh agitation against Narendra Modi government at the centre. (Ashok Nath Dey/HT Photo)

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee threatened to hit the streets and then take the protest to Delhi over issue of Aadhaar and against central’s discrimination of Bengal. She stated that centre’s policies are affecting Bengal in a negative way and soon there will be no other way out that protests.

The Bengal chief minister also vowed to foil the strike called on September 2, by Left affiliated trade unions, highlighting that state government would pay compensation to those whose property will be damaged on that day.

“40% of the people of Bengal have no Aadhaar cards. But now centre is making it mandatory to have Aadhaar cards everything, from stipends to students to pension to senior citizens. Scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, the needy are suffering as money or grants to them in various schemes would stop,” said Mamata Banerjee speaking at the foundation day rally of Trinamool Congress Chattra Parishad (party’s student wing) in Kolkata.

“We give three months time to the centre to stop poking its nose in our business. After that we will hit the streets. Students, workers, SC ST OBCs will hit the streets in protest. We will take the protest to Delhi. Even the Supreme Court has stated that Aadhaar card is not mandatory” said Mamata Banerjee.

The Bengal chief minister lambasted the centre over issues of Aadhaar card, turning off the tap of central support in many of welfare schemes. She said that it was centre’s responsibility to ensure that people in Bengal get Aadhaar card, in which it failed.

“Why is Narendra Modi trying to deprive Bengal and save money? Is it because he wants to buy another new suit and set another Guinness record,” said The Bengal chief minister taking a dig at the Prime ministers suit with his name imprinted.

Mamata Banerjee also targeted CPIM and Congress and vowed to foil the upcoming nationwide general strike called by seventeen parties led by Left trade unions on September 2.
“We will not allow a bandh in Bengal. Why will there be a waste of Crores of rupees? CPIM and Congress are brothers and they both are trying to paralyse the state during the bandh day. But we will not tolerate that. Businessmen whose property will be targeted will be compensated by the government and police action against bandh supporters,” said Mamata Banerjee.

The chief minister also took a dig at CPIM and Congress leaders stating that they now only exit in television studious.
Mamata Banerjee also lamented the fact that opposition leaders and slowing development initiatives by approaching courts at the drop of a hat.

“The process of recruitment of 65,000 teaching posts in the state is ready. But we are helpless if they (opposition) go to court at the drop of a hat. We are awaiting courts verdict,” said the chief minister.