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

10768 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 29th December 2016,

Economic Times
She is the first Indian to get an Aadhaar card, which was meant to help her and others like her get better access to government schemes and facilities ...

The Hindu
State government through the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV) has set up 301 help centres to facilitate Aadhaar enrolment.

Chandigarh Tribune
Kullu Chief Medical Officer (CMO) YD Sharma today said children born in the government hospitals of the district would be enrolled for Aadhaar along ...

Janta Ka Reporter
In order to beef up security at airports, all employees working at these facilities across the country will have to furnish their Aadhaar number to obtain ...

Wondering what Aadhaar Payment App is? The Aadhaar Payment App has been developed by IDFC Bank in co-operation with UIDAI (Unique ...

Financial Express
However, details of the process for 're-KYC verification' through Aadhaar authentication is provided to those subscribers in whose case KYC has been ...

Times of India
Nainital: A Haldwani-based woman was allegedly duped of Rs 50,000 by an unknown person, who took her account details and Aadhaar card ...

Times of India
"Mobile number- and Aadhaar-based fully inter-operable payments should be prioritised — NPCI may enable this on its platforms over 60 days," the ...

Hindustan Times
When I go to bank, they ask for Aadhaar card. The Aadhaar card enrolment centres ask for address proof.” “We live in a shanty and the owner is not ...

The Hans India
Explaining about the suggestion made on the biometric system, Chandrababu Naidu said that the proposal to link Aadhaar would ensure smooth ...

Hindustan Times
As governance-driven digitization (Aadhaar, digital lockers, direct account transfers) fueled large-scale sensitive data collection and storage, citizens ...

Trak.in (blog)
As for the sim cards, you would require an Aadhaar card, but there is no extra or hidden cost for delivery of these sim cards. Not everyone will be able ...

India Today
Noting that the modified version of USSD is now available for digital transactions, Naidu said all banks should go for synchronisation of Aadhaar cards ...

Business Standard
The Himachal Pradesh government has arranged a helicopter to ferry cash to the remote areas of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts to overcome its ...

Indian CEO (press release) (blog)
Growing your money and investing in markets over the ages has been a painful with huge set of documentation and procedures to adhere. As the ...

Firstpost (satire)
Shalini Arora from Mayur Vihar found herself in a quandry. “My maid shops for vegetables most of the time. Now she does not have an Aadhaar card.