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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


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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

Quotes

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.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

10687 - Network comes together for Indian developers; With 3mn software professional, India likely to surpass US by 2018 - TNN

Ranjani Ayyar | TNN | Dec 7, 2016, 07.45 AM IST

CHENNAI: Sravish Sridhar, founder, Kinvey, has more than one reason to visit his hometown Chennai. His US-based startup, which offers a mobile development platform, is looking to expand its presence in India. "Many developers are aspiring entrepreneurs. They begin tinkering with technology in their free time and go on to set up startups," he said. 

The developer ecosystem in India is beginning to draw attention from startups and large corporates alike. Startups like Hasura, Hansel.io, DigitalOcean and Kinvey are offering platforms and tools. 

Corporates like Airtel and Google are exposing APIs (application programming interface) or building blocks for creation of apps. The government is also taking keen interest. With three million software developers in the country, analysts expect India to surpass the US by 2018 and it is a matter of time before the developer ecosystem in India rises. 

For instance, Hasura supports developer teams in corporates like NAC Jewellers, ITC and Glassic. 

And it's not just Indian startups that are seeing the potential. US-based DigitalOcean, which is a cloud infrastructure provider set up a data centre in Bengaluru this year, is focussing on community engagement through meet-ups and hackathons for developers. The company is on the verge of launching its Chennai chapter for developer meet-ups in the city. 

"In the US/Singapore, community is encouraged by frequent informal high quality meet-ups, focussing on niche topics. A community is created only when the topic is niche, and the crowds are small and genuinely interested. In India, the focus is on large flashy events. Foreign companies focussing on developers in India, such as Digital Ocean, Google or AWS are starting to create this kind of an ecosystem in India," said Anand Rajkumar, CFO at Hasura.

What is largely contributing to making life easier for developers is the rise of the API (application programming interface) economy. APIs are a key part of software development to build for a specific platform, such as Microsoft Windows.

Now, newer platform providers, from Salesforce to Facebook and Google, are offering APIs. A quick look at programmableweb.com shows over 16,000 APIs in its directory across sectors from bank IFSC codes to Zomato food guide, real time train information, pincodes to maps from mapmyindia. 

The Government of India (GoI) is also on a mission to create the world's largest developer ecosystem. IndiaStack is a set of APIs that allows governments, businesses, startups and developers to utilise a digital Infrastructure to solve India's problems towards presence-less, paperless, and cashless service delivery.

"The GoI through its open API policy is enabling startups to solve India's hard problems. India Stack is one such initiative which offers developers Aadhaar Authentication, eKYC, eSign, UPI, Digital Locker as open APIs to build innovative solutions. To give you a sense of scale, Aadhaar Auth API alone has completed 3 billion n hits of 500M unique IDs and we are just getting started," said Nikhil Kumar, fellow, IndiaStack and iSPIRT Foundation.