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.

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


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


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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

10845 - Aadhaar Artiles Dated 16th Feb 2017

The Wire
The court was responding to a petition from a Channapatna-based tailor who had raised concerns over the Centre's decision to make Aadhaar ...

Financial Express
UIDAI noticed that these websites and mobile application downloadable through Google Play Store were providing unauthorized Aadhaar related ...

The Hindu
The Aadhaar enrolment in Karnataka reached a milestone on Wednesday as it crossed the six-crore mark, after over six-and-a-half years after the ...

Zee News
New Delhi: The government has not taken any decision on making Aadhaar mandatory for registration of patients at All India Institute of Medical ...

Hindu Business Line
Union Bank of India has introduced an 'Aadhaar van' for instant enrolment of Aadhaar card services and seeding/linking of Aadhaar number to bank ...

Governance Now (blog)
Ever since the unique identity number, or Aadhaar, was introduced in India, it has carefully avoided spelling out its status – whether it is mandatory or ...

The Hindu
The sample mark sheets with Aadhaar number that the Hindusthan College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, has introduced.- Photo: M.

“I would urge all of you, please read the Aadhaar act and the regulations,” UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said at the India Digital Summit last week ...

International Business Times, India Edition
Jio sim can be activated within hours after the sim cards are authenticated with Aadhaar numbers. The company doesn't mention for how long the ...

Hindustan Times
Aadhaar-based e-KYC facility would allow individuals or entities wanting to apply for PAN to verify details such as date of birth or address by way of ...

The New Indian Express
The verification process that begun on December 5 to ensure mobile numbers and respective Aadhaar identities of family members are seeded into ...

Brighter Kashmir
“It's ironic the department has the audacity to talk about technological innovations and integrating their system with the Aadhaar rolls while it continues ...

Kashmir Life
He also blamed the Govt for making the Aadhar mandatory for the consumers to get the ration, while as 50 percent population are without Aadhaar ...

Payism facilitates mobile recharges, domestic remittances, bill payments, Aadhaar-based transactions, e-KYC bank account openings under one roof.

Aadhaar, which provides a unique 12-digit identification to 1.1 billion Indians today, forms the bulwark of a digital economy and is unparalleled ...

Daily Mail
'Later, we linked Aadhaar number with the banks and the old age is now directly transferred to the bank account of the benefactor. It can only be ...

Zee Business
Aadhaar-based eKYC facility would allow individuals or entities wanting to apply for PAN to verify details such as date of birth or address by way of ...

Financial Express
The phone will be used to take a picture of the applicant, and the e-KYC process will be done through Aadhaar authentication using biometrics, and ...

This year the aspirants are required to use of Aadhaar for the applicants of NEET- 2017 will result in accuracy of the applicants' details. This will also ...

Ahmedabad Mirror
All her documents her bank, passport, Aadhaar, PAN card have her old surname.We are completely clueless as to how to go about with the name ...

Ambani said Aadhaar has enabled Reliance Jio to have millions of customers within few months. Talking about digital payments, he said: “After the ...

Web India 123
To facilitate enhanced services, furnishing of Aadhaar has now been made mandatory for members and pensioners of the Employee's Pension ...