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

Saturday, December 24, 2016

10622 - Domestic help and the cash - Live Mint

Last Modified: Sat, Nov 19 2016. 01 20 AM IST

For our domestic help and others who help us every day by driving, cooking and cleaning, demonetisation has been tough

Sanjukta Sharma

I see Arti every morning. Draped neatly in a sari, a bag around her arm, she walks in long, purposeful strides. We know each other fairly well; around the time I wait with my daughter for her school bus to arrive, she walks past us to go to her job as a domestic help at a building nearby. She often helps me out when my own domestic help goes to meet her family in rural Maharashtra. Last week, she told me, she got paid for one year—Rs72,000, in old money. It was her employer’s way of using old cash . It has left the woman distressed. She has a bank account and an Aadhaar card, but uppermost in her mind right now is to get new currency for the Rs72,000. “Why don’t you deposit it in your bank account?” I asked. “No, I want the money with me. The ATM card is with my husband. I don’t trust him,” she replied.

It was an eye-opener.

My domestic help, Savitri Aherkar, around 30, is single. She is stubborn, funny and remarkably tough—she has funded her own treatment for a long illness without her family’s help, she saves for her nephews and nieces, has the stamina of a body-builder and never complains about her hard life. I have been giving her Rs100 notes ever since demonetization began. Why was I doing that? She has a bank account and an Aadhaar card too. I asked her how she uses her debit card. “My card is with my brother,” she said. “I don’t use it.”

Here was my chance. After a long conversation, I convinced her to carry her card with her the next day. She bought something in a shop with the card for the first time. She is semi-literate and can write her own name and signature in Marathi and English. “Itna easy,” she exclaimed.

For our domestic help and others who help us every day by driving, cooking and cleaning, demonetization has been tough. They feel insecure. The PSU banks they go to have not taught them how to do bank transactions or use their cards. Last year, somebody pretending to be from her bank called Savitri and asked for her account number. The bank had not told her she shouldn’t be sharing her account details with anyone. She lost savings of Rs50,000. She and I visited the bank a few times, wrote to the chairman of the bank where she has a account, but nothing happened. It was her mistake, and it made her more wary of digital banking.

We owe it to our domestic help, especially the women who often don’t have financial power despite earning their own money, to help them change with the times. Savitri says she will put her card to use. I will transfer at least some part of her salary to her account and show her how that is done.

If Savitri is afraid of banks, how good can the PM’s demonetization drive be?