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

Thursday, February 9, 2017

10823 - Articles on Aadhaar Dated 4th February 2017

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: In a massive crackdown on unauthorised agencies offering Aadhaar-related services illegally and charging excessive money from the ...

That India is going to have a welfare system of some sort is obvious–everywhere else does and the Randian fantasies of no government redistribution ...

Financial Express
Budget 2017: Because of Aadhaar, around 110 crore people in India now have a unique identification, Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) ...

State Times
New Delhi:- The government currently has no proposal to link Aadhaar numbers with railway passes, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu informed ...

Kashmir Reader
The meeting was informed that 8,857,008 Aadhaar cards have been generated with 37 per cent of the ration cards successfully seeded with Aadhaar.

Firstpost (satire)
Indian Government has announced today that the Aadhaar cards of people who did not like the “Like if You are a True Indian” type of pics shared in ...

New Delhi: Demonstrating zero tolerance to unauthorized websites and mobile applications providing Aadhaar related services illegally by charging ...

Hindu Business Line
Aadhaar Pay, a merchant version of Aadhaar Enabled Payment System proposed to be launched soon, may benefit those who do not have debit ...

Greater Kashmir
However, Director Social Welfare, Kashmir Hashmat Ali Yattoo said that government has made it mandatory to produce Aadhaar details for every ...

The Indian Express
The Survey also raised hopes that something will be done to rationalise subsidies and aggressively push JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile), but ...

Along with the facilities of making domicile certificates, driving license, birth certificates, Aadhaar cards and free medical check-up, the products of ...

Financial Express
... has approved a scheme for giving 0.5 percent incentive on payments made through the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) to merchants.

The Aadhaar cancer is spreading to all sections of society and the devastation it is causing by denying people lifeline public services (scholarships, ...

The Hindu
The registrations would also be tagged to Aadhaar card number. The new registration district would also ensure that no duplicate registrations were ...

The girl, whose birth certificate says she is 16 and her Aadhaar card shows her to be 18, had gone missing along with the driver on Monday from her ...

Aadhaar number is required to fill up the online application of NEET 2017 for the candidates of all States except Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and ...

Calcutta Telegraph
... the Google Playstore in a crackdown on unauthorised agencies offering Aadhaar-related services illegally and charging excessive money from the ...

Business Standard
Target boxes underneath their faces list their Aadhaar numbers, names, mobile numbers, emails, residential addresses, dates of birth, etc, with some ...