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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Times of India
JAIPUR: The state education department has made Aadhaar card compulsory for students applying for admission in private schools under the 25% ...

Bangalore Mirror
As the move has been accepted by colleges in the city, some colleges have even declared a holiday for students who do not have Aadhaar cards, ...

Deccan Chronicle
If they were to remake that 1975 classic, 'Deewar', today, the guy playing the Shashi Kapoor role would flaunt his Aadhaar card rather than his mom, ...

Financial Express
aadhaar card, aadhar As a result of this, though the taxman collects data on certain types of high-profile expenditure like sales of cars, gold, overseas ...

News Today
Chennai: Worried in getting Aadhaar cards for your children? Need not anymore. Head to the common service centre recognised by Department of ...

Deccan Chronicle
Indian digital cartography leader MapmyIndia last week launched eLoc, India's first nationwide digital address system, which is like an Aadhaar ...

BGR India
The quote came in response to a meeting by the Telecom Department on the issue of re-verification of existing subscribers through Aadhaar-based ...

Hindu Business Line
“A target has been set to make cent percent online entries of Aadhaar numbers of the eligible beneficiaries by month-end under the ongoing campaign ...

Nadella said that a payment infrastructure being built on top of Aadhaar using cloud (NPCI) and a diagnostic application (Collaborative Digital ...

The Hindu
Though the district ranks second in the State with 99% Aadhaar enrolment, people in Dakshina Kannada have to wait for more than a month to get ...

Bangalore Mirror
Even the RGUHS vice-chancellor seemed unconvinced with the move to verify with Aadhaar and address proof. Dr KS Ravindranath said: “Though it ...

5) EPFO has now made furnishing of Aadhaar by subscribers mandatory. The body recently extended the deadline for submitting Aadhaar for its ...

The Arunachal Times
Briefing about the recent trends in centrally sponsored schemes, he apprised that fund allocation is liability driven, and that Aadhaar-based DBT and ...

Calcutta Telegraph
... Madhya Pradesh government is planning to link all the 5.34-crore beneficiaries under the public distribution system in the state to their Aadhaar card ...

Forbes India
Aadhaar, which now has enrolled a billion Indians, started with the ID and has now facilitated the world's first inter-operable mobile-based payments ...

Summary: Every farmer needs to submit voter ID card or Aadhaar card , record of right, bank details and recent photos. SINGUR: After receiving a poor ...

The Hans India
The District Collector said that two stalls would be installed in the banks, one for those with Aadhaar cards and another for those without Aadhar cards.

International Business Times, India Edition
Simply by submitting the eKYC documents and verifying through Aadhaar and fingerprint scans, one can get an active Jio SIM card with Happy New ...