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, January 22, 2017

10760 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 24th December 2016,


The Hindu
HYDERABAD: Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) have decided that in all future railway recruitments, the applicants shall be required to furnish the ...

Yahoo News
According to the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, the Unique Identity Authority of India ...

Times of India
Aadhaar has become mandatory after digitization. Linking the two documents makes our work more effective. Those who have done it currently get ...

India Today
The government allowed "sadhus and sanyasis" (Hindu saints and hermits) to apply for passport by giving their "spiritual Guru's" name instead of their ...

Economic Times
If an individual wants to access his Aadhaar-linked bank account then AEPS enables him to do so through the Aadhaar authentication. PrevNextPlay ...

The Hindu
New Aadhaar regulations have been recently notified and awareness among the public has to be built about its contents, said MVS Rami Reddy, ...

The latest app can be installed in Android phones and it uses a buyer's fingerprint & bank-linked Aadhaar number to facilitate cashless transactions.

The use of Aadhaar is a convenient and hassle free mode of verification of identity. Railway Recruitment Boards have decided that in all future railway ...

As Aadhaar enrollments cross the 1 billion mark, the use of Aadhaar for resident authentication and eKYC is expected to rapidly spread across ...

Inc42 Magazine (press release) (blog)
Defining the use of Aadhaar in the banking and financial system- There are numerous fake Aadhaar entries in the Aadhaar database, including recent ...

Speaking on the use of Aadhaar in the banking and financial system, he said “The numerous fake Aadhaar entries in the Aadhaar database, including ...

Hindustan Times
Now, the rural ministry has set an ambitious target to get Aadhaar-linked bank account in another 35 million job accounts. But mere enrollment will not ...

The Hindu
Chief Minister said that Aadhaar-enabled payments was the best way to solve problems. “I expressed the same opinion with the RBI Governor Urjit ...

Daily News & Analysis
From demonetization to Jan Dhan accounts, Aadhaar Act 2016 and more, ... Most importantly, the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other ...

The New Indian Express
The Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) have decided that in future railway recruitments, the applicants should to furnish their 12- digit Aadhaar ...

Chandigarh Tribune
As against the estimated population (year 2015) of 11,15,584, as many as 11,21,085 residents of Chandigarh have acquired Aadhaar so far.

Catch News
But the recently enacted Aadhaar Act mandates that the payments be made only into accounts linked to Aadhar via a central NREGA online database ...