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.

Friday, December 9, 2016

10568 - Traffic cops’ Aadhaar Card rule comes under fire - TNN

TNN | Updated: Nov 3, 2016, 01.10 AM IST

Hyderabad: City police commissionerates are increasingly coming under fire in court over some of their new methods of tackling crime. Asking motorists for Aadhaar cards and fining people on the basis of photographs of traffic offences taken by cops are not going down well with a lot of motorists. 

Last month, city-based advocate Y Soma Raju filed a PIL in the high court challenging the order of Cyberabad traffic police issued on July 23 asking all motorists to compulsorily carry Aadhaar cards. 

After hearing the PIL at length, the high court on October 18 directed the home department to furnish an affidavit explaining under which provision of law the police had asked people to carry Aadhaar cards. 

Cyberabad police filed an affidavit on Tuesday saying they were asking for the card to get details of offenders. Since there was no existing provision in law which made it compulsory for a motorist to carry an Aadhaar card, the cops made it optional while carrying out its enforcement tasks. 

"While entering details of traffic offenders in computer tablets, driving license or Aadhaar details are sought to generate challans. We are asking for Aadhaar details mainly to establish the true identity and address of offenders if they fail to produce a license," DCP (traffic-II), Hyderabad, AV Ranganath said. 

Local residents have found some other issues also very bothersome. A medical practitioner Dr C Lakshmi of Prashant Nagar in Vanasthalipuram filed a writ petition in the high court in late October challenging the validity of e-challans generated through photographs of traffic violations taken by cops using cameras. 

The petitioner narrated to the court an incident when traffic cops stopped the vehicle as she drove her car at Vanasthalipuram in September. After verification of documents, the police asked her to pay pending challans issued by Cyberabad police to the tune of Rs 1,805. 

"The police advised me to pay the challans immediately and threatened to impound my vehicle if I didn't. These traffic challans are illegal because the tickets were issued when on most occasions I was not in my car," the petitioner said before the court. Based on the petition, the high court asked Cyberabad police to furnish its response in the form of an affidavit. 

Cyberabad traffic DCP AR Srinivas said all e-challans were being issued under Section 133 of the MV Act (duty of owner of motor vehicle to give information) which means, it was the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle to give details of the driver or conductor. "The e-challan system is a time-tested enforcement practice adopted by police across the globe. In view of the low number of police personnel compared to the number of motorists, issuing an e-challan with photo proof is crucial to keep a check on traffic violators," Srinivas said. 


Cyberabad police filed an affidavit on Tuesday saying they were asking for the card to get details of offenders. Since there was no existing provision in law which made it compulsory for a motorist to carry an Aadhaar card, the cops made it optional while carrying out its enforcement tasks.

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In view of the low number of police personnel compared to the number of motorists, issuing an e-challan with photo proof is crucial to keep a check on traffic violators

AR Srinivas, traffic DCP, Cyberabad