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

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.