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

Sunday, December 25, 2016

10646 - Why Nandan Nilekani is bullish on demonetisation; all you need to know - Financial Express

Nandan Nilekani is confident that demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will help India achieve in 3-6 months what it could have got done in 3-6 years

By: FE Online | Published: November 29, 2016 4:33 PM

Nandan Nilekani had unsuccessfully fought on Congress ticket in 2014 General Election. But, in a bipartisan manner, Nilekani credited both the UPA and Modi government for India’s march towards digitisation. (Source: Facebook)

Nandan Nilekani, former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, is confident that demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will help India achieve in 3-6 months what it could have done in 3-6 years in terms of the digitisation of Indian economy for financial services.

Nilekani, who was roped in as the chairman of UIDAI by the UPA government, has always batted for cashless transactions and digitisation of the Indian economy. He believes that the sudden “shock” of demonetisation announced by PM Modi on November 8, would leapfrog Indian Economy into a digitised cashless economy in the next 3-6 months.

“From my perspective, the shock to the system, I think, will give a big boost to digitisation. In the last seven years, the infrastructure for digital financial services — Aadhar, UPI the JAM infrastructure, USSD and micro-ATMs — have been laid down. What, I thought, would take 3-6 years to roll out, I now believe that, with the urgency of the matter, will happen in 3-6 months,” Nilekani said in an interview with NDTV on Monday.
Explaining his “theory” further, the co-founder of Infosys said that India is going to see a “massive acceleration of the digitisation of Indian economy for financial services” in the next 3-6 months.

For instance, he said India has about 1-1.5 million PoS (point of sale) machines installed in the last 30-40 years. The PoS machine allows card-based transactions. He said the number of PoS would “double or triple in the next 3-6 months.”
Similarly, there are about 130000 micro-ATMs, which allows people to do cashless transactions in rural areas. The number of micro-ATMS would also increase up to a million or more, he told the channel.

Talking about the pain caused to scores of people, especially the poor and daily wagers, who are still not part of the formal economy, Nilekani said, “There will definitely be some amount of short-term pain in the coming weeks. But you are going to see that this acceleration is going to benefit everybody.”‘
Despite the “pain”, he said, “you are going to see very high financial inclusion.”

When asked if India’s march towards becoming a cashless economy should have been incremental, Nilekani welcomed the demonetisation, saying India has all the infrastructure ready to transform into a cashless economy.
Nilekani had unsuccessfully fought on Congress ticket in 2014 General Election. But, in a bipartisan manner, he credited both the UPA and the Modi government for India’s rapid march towards digitisation.
He said the UPA government under PM Manmohan Singh created the Aadhaar system, but the credit for applying the Aadhaar system to so many schemes goes to PM Modi.

He further said the demonetisation and the subsequent digitisation efforts would transform India from a “data-poor to a data-rich” country. With more data on the financial transactions of citizens, it will be easy for the government to identify genuine beneficiaries of public welfare schemes.