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

Friday, December 23, 2016

10585 - Mop-up, protect special ops - Economc Times

November 10, 2016, 12:10 AM IST Economic Times in ET 
By Deep K Datta-Ray
As the US counts votes, Indians count notes thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dramatic decommissioning of banknotes.
Undoubtedly, this will inconvenience many. But the long-term beneficiaries will be all — including the poor majority. Demonetising 22 billion notes worth Rs 14,180 billion revolutionises the economy.
Doctors, lawyers and the construction industry must think anew. Property will have to be assessed differently. And, political parties must devise alternative funding.
It has long been an open secret as to how black money is generated and that it is stored anywhere but a bank.
People will now have to account for their cash if they want to convert or deposit it. The second target is Pakistan’s anti-Indian activities. Pakistan’s terror networks are lubricated by fake currency, the ISI pays for itself by selling counterfeit Indian rupees. And decommissioning stymies inflation arising from Pakistan, injecting tens of crores of counterfeit currency into India annually.
It is apt to recall that this momentous moment in our financial history arises from years of preparation under former PM Manmohan Singh. In taking his project forward, albeit in unexpected ways, Modi is to be commended.

It has long been an open secret as to how black money is generated and that it is stored anywhere but a bank.
Nevertheless, the shape of things to come is delineated by a framework already in place. And that is a triptych made of the 2012 White Paper on Black Money, the Swabhimaan Scheme that metamorphosed into the Jan Dhan Yojana programme and RuPay, and the National Identification Bill of 2010 that became the Aadhaar Act. Working on the assumption that black money was squirrelled away overseas, the White Paper focused on international means to tackle it.
Unfortunately, attempts to identify illegal wealth at multilateral organisations enjoyed a very modest success. Modi learnt the lesson, and shifted focus on cleaning up at home.
Meanwhile, Swabhimaan sought to expand the formal economy by enticing the bulk of Indians, who live in rural poverty, to open accounts and receive welfare payments direct. This project has been enhanced so that the poor, regardless of location, can make payments electronically using RuPay, or India’s alternative to Visa and Mastercard.
These advances are possible because the Aadhaar card verifies the identity of account holders. The purpose of legislation has, therefore, shifted from plugging leakages in welfare programmes, to an enthusiastic broadening of the formal economy.
Underlying all this is the war against undeclared taxable income. The timing of the announcement, which afforded people a few hours, was patently designed to ensure evaders will not be able to convert their ill-gotten cash into assets.
Moreover, legal holders of the now-defunct tender have nearly two months to change their money. Nor will there be a shortage of large notes, because the government will issue new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes. It is here that the government fell short.
The new notes will be paper when they ought to have been polymer. It employs much better antiforgery technology, such as Optical Variable Devices (OVDs). Though more expensive to manufacture, these notes (used in Australia, for instance) last much longer, thereby reducing the cost of money.
(The writer teaches at Jindal University, New Delhi)

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author's own.