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

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

10534 - ‘Digital India’ to be theme for India International Trade Fair - Hindu Businessline


Govt to showcase success, involve public to highlight Digital India programme

The 36th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF), one of the biggest fair held in India, will have ‘Digital India’ as its theme this year,
This will be for the second time that the fair, which is annually held between November 14 and November 27, will have a theme based on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet projects. The theme for last year (35th edition) was ‘Make in India’.

According to sources from the government, the theme pavilion would be developed in hall number one in Pragati Maidan, and communication has been sent to all State Chief Secretaries and Secretaries of Line ministries for showcasing Digital India initiatives.

“There will be industry interaction via seminars, panel discussion and tech-talks during at the event. Success stories of grass root level contributors/ achievers of Digital India movement, especially by women and backward section of the society, will also be highlighted during the event days,” said one of the source.

There will also be games/ demonstration of services/ highlight of achievements till now and also awareness programmes like ‘Digi Swachha Abhiyaan’ – e-Waste collection and contest/ quiz on social media, said an official.
“With around 1.50 lakh footfalls expected per day during this 14-day event, the government wants to showcase the meaning and impact of DI on women, students, dalits, farmers, employment and many others to be woven into a story,” said one source.
Digital India is one of the biggest programmes of the Modi government and has achieved manifold successes in each project under DI such as Mera Aadhaar, Meri Sarkar (MyGov) and Mera Digital Locker.
For example, there have been 103 crore Indians enrolled with Aadhaar number, more than 35 lakh are using MyGov to assist government and more than 20 lakh people have stored and shared two or more documents through ‘Digital Locker’.
“When I see IT products for common people like e-scholarship, e-hospital and Jeevan Praman, I get personal satisfaction and Digital India on an automatic role,” Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of IT and Law, told BusinessLine saying he appreciates the people involved in these projects.
(This article was published on October 14, 2016)