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, April 11, 2017

11013 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 10th April 2017

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Individuals struggling to link their Permanent Account Number with Aadhaar because of differently spelt names can now simply upload a ...

The Indian Express
This could be done by asking people to give either Aadhaar or passport number at the time of booking flights. One of these two will be chosen,” a ...

Economic Times
Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology, said the motto behind making Aadhaar mandatory for using this service was to make it available ...

Live Law
The petitioner submitted that he is a tax-paying citizen and does not hold an Aadhaar card till date nor has he applied for the same in view of the ...

President Mukherjee calls Aadhaar a watershed event, praises Centre for digital push. Aadhaar enabled payment system has made digital payments ...

The Hindu
After the successful passage of four GST related Bills in both Houses, Parliament assembled on Monday after a weekend break. But furore arose over ...

Second, there was a (orchestrated) backlash against the government's move to make Aadhaar mandatory for filing of income tax returns as well as for ...

While the Supreme Court has stated that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory, the BJP-led government has effectively ignored the judgment by ...

Outlook India
New Delhi, Apr 10 Punching holes in the Aadhaar scheme, the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha today said it was based on unverified data and violated ...

Business Standard (press release) (registration) (blog)
A look at the provisions under the Aadhaar Act, 2016, to protect and safeguard identity, information and authentication records of individuals. What are ...

Aadhaar card initiative a watershed event in development story of India: President Pranab Mukherjee NEW DELHI: Stressing that India is on the cusp ...

The Asian Age
While Aadhaar has been linked to LPG subsidy, efforts are afoot to link it to other subsidised items like kerosene and public distribution system. (Photo: ...

Individuals struggling to link their Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar because of differently spelt names can now simply upload a ...

Hindu Business Line
The latest to join the bandwagon of digital payments is IDFC Bank's “IDFC Aadhaar Pay”, the country's first Aadhaar-linked cashless payment system.

The government tried to control economic behaviour by forcing people to go cashless, but now it is trying to control social behaviour, said Samajwadi ...

Eastern Mirror
New Delhi, April 9 (PTI): All cash payments of over Rs 2 lakh for paying loans and credit card bills during the 50-day period post demonetisation will ...
Tax returns, now in a crisp form - Hindu Business Line

But the government has gone ahead and made the Aadhaar number mandatory for several schemes. For instance, in the span of just a week in ...

Mangaluru, 10 Apr 2017: Aadhaar Card enrollment facility has been made at 15 locations across Mangaluru south legislative constituency for the ...

The Asian Age
The Aadhaar project, with over a billion registrants, is intended to act as a platform for a number of digital services, all of which produce enormous ...

Economic Times
An official spoke of the requirement of seeding Aadhaar and bank accounts with the Universal (PF) Account Number (UAN) for settling EPFO claim ...

Hindustan Times
In the job cards, we look at Aadhaar numbers, photos of beneficiaries and details of payments,” said rural development secretary Amarjeet Sinha.

Zee Business
More than one billion Indians have a unique identity number in Aadhaar with a biometric identifier which is unique in its own way. He appreciated that ...

Business Standard
I am happy today to be a part of the digital payment movement that India has embarked upon. I congratulate each one of you who has contributed in ...