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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

10689 - Express IT Awards : This is what it’s really all about in India - Financial Express


From Google to Microsoft, Uber to Ola and Flipkart to Paytm, they’re all part of the Fourth Express IT awards. Across nine categories and 400-plus entries, the fledglings have fought the giants, the start-ups taken on veterans. When the envelopes are opened on December 9, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if the minnows trump the big […]


By: FE Bureau | Bengaluru | Published: December 7, 2016 6:52 AM

Across nine categories and 400-plus entries, the fledglings have fought the giants, the start-ups taken on veterans.

From Google to Microsoft, Uber to Ola and Flipkart to Paytm, they’re all part of the Fourth Express IT awards. Across nine categories and 400-plus entries, the fledglings have fought the giants, the start-ups taken on veterans. When the envelopes are opened on December 9, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if the minnows trump the big fish much like Manthan toppled Adobe a couple of years ago.

What’s wonderful about the awards is that, small or big, everyone stands a fair chance — the judges look only for good ideas. Over the years, some hidden gems like AudioCompass, Avekshaa Technologies, Foradian Technologies, Paychamp and Teamchat have been discovered. The 2016 list too should have some budding stars that angel investors might want to check out.

As in previous seasons, the innovation segment has been the most popular this time too, attracting the maximum number of entries at over 100. Mobility too is a keenly competitive segment; this time Freshdesk, Ola and Paytm are among the 50-odd contenders in this space. In the analytics segment, IBM and Microsoft will face off against each other while the likes of Adobe, Zoho and TCS are competing against one another in the software solutions category. In the fray in the e-commerce space are Flipkart, Amazon and Uber. Meanwhile,taking on each other in the start-up segment are Xiaomi, Simplilearn and Zoomcar.

It’s not just companies; the Express IT Awards have also applauded the people behind the ideas and the businesses. NR Narayana Murthy, Infosys co-founder, and S Ramadorai, former Tata Consultancy Services vice-chairman, have been recognised for their lifetime contributions to the sector. “Such recognition inspires me to work hard for the rest of my life,” Murthy had said on receiving the award. TCS CEO N Chandrasekaran and Infosys MD and CEO Vishal Sikka have picked up the trophies for Newsmaker of the Year.

With stimulating discussions and debates, the events are a venue for IT and e-commerce professionals to exchange thoughts and ideas. It was at the first awards event in 2013 that Nandan Nilekani had foreseen the promise of Aadhaar. “Much like the internet and GPS which were initiated by public spending and resulted in the creation of multi-billion-dollar companies, Aadhaar might be able to do the same,” he had said in his keynote address.

Stalwarts such as Google India head Rajan Anandan, Tata Group CTO Gopichand Katragadda, SAP Labs India MD Dilipkumar Khandelwal, Cisco India and Saarc president Dinesh Malkani, and Startup Village Chairman Sanjay Vijaykumar have all been part of the interactions at some point. Youngsters such as Zoomcar founder Greg Moran and Lookup founder Deepak Ravindran have also shared their experiences of founding and running a start-up.