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.

Monday, September 12, 2016

10414 - Pune cyber cell arrrests two for bank loan fraud - Indian Express

Duo procured bank loan in a techie’s name using forged documents, credit card, say police

Two persons have been arrested by the cyber cell of the Pune city police for allegedly cheating a techie by procuring a bank loan in his name.

By: Express News Serivice | Pune | Published:September 11, 2016 4:37 am

The suspects have been identified as Bhairavnath Baburao Salunkhe (34), resident of Dhayarkar Wasti, Mundhwa Road, and Pankaj Ashok Tak (33) of Star City, Moshi Road.

The complaint in this case was registered by Rohit Subhash Pisal (31), a resident of Vishalnagar, Pimple nilakh. According to the complaint, Pisal received a call from the Kotak Mahindra Bank for recovery of the loan amount of Rs 75,000. Bank officials told him that he had taken this loan using a credit card. Pisal says that he was shocked as he had never possessed a Kotak Mahindra Bank credit card.

After meeting the bank officials, Pisal learnt that a man had submitted forged documents including his personal details, company identity card, his salary slips for three months, Aadhaar card and other papers carrying fake signatures and photographs of another man. Pisal approached Sangvi police who registered a case under section 419, 420, 465, 467, 471 of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the IT Act.

During the probe, assistant police inspector Sachin Gavate discovered the involvement of Salunkhe and Tak in this case. A police team led by inspector Sunil Pawar arrested the two suspects on Friday. The police said the duo prepared a credit card in Pisal’s name and Tak’s photo was used on the documents prepared in Pisal’s name for procuring the loan, whereas Salunkhe is a post-graduate who had earlier worked with the loans section of a bank and is aware of the documents and process involved in taking loans.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (cyber cell) Deepak Sakore said that the duo are history-sheeters who were earlier arrested in a similar case in 2013. The police have now recovered a pen drive, passbooks of different banks in different names, bogus pan cards and Aadhaar cards in different names, sim cards, four cell phones and bank documents from the duo.

The police said that the duo managed to get copies of Pisal’s identity documents. They tampered with these documents and applied for a credit card from Mahindra Bank. These documents carried Pisal’s name but the photograph was of Tak. The police suspect that the duo have committed similar frauds. A magistrate court has remanded the duo to police custody till September 16 for further investigation. The police are also probing whether any bank personnel is involved in the crime. Police inspector Sunil Pawar is investigating the case.