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, April 13, 2017

11033 - Narendra Modi, From Aadhaar Critic To Champion: A Factcheck - Boom Live

11 Apr 2017

Even as the government presses ahead with making Aadhaar the cornerstone of identity for millions of Indians, Aadhaar critics have kept up the volume of opposition on social media. Aadhaar sceptics argue that before coming to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi bitterly opposed the scheme. BOOM decided to look into what exactly Modi had said about Aadhaar before taking the helm as prime minister.

BOOM culled out Modi’s speeches on Aaadhaar from 2013 and 2014 while on the campaign trail. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition at the time, opposed Aadhaar and wanted it to be restricted to Indian citizens and not residents, which included illegal immigrants in its view.

In September 2013, at a BJP ‘youth conference’ rally in Trichy, Modi mocked Aadhaar, calling it a ‘jadi buti’ or a medicinal herb to cure all of India’s problems. He questioned then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about how much money was spent on Aadhaar and who benefited from the scheme. Modi even stated that as Gujarat’s chief minister he had written to Singh over the past three years raising serious concerns about national security with regards to Aadhaar. Modi argued that India’s border states were at risk and that illegal immigrants could easily obtain an Aadhaar card.

In April 2014, at a ‘Bharat Vijay’ rally in Bangalore Modi launched a scathing attack on then UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani. (UIDAI stands for Unique Identification Authority of India) Modi claimed that lakhs and crores of taxpayer money had been sunk into Aadhaar. Taking a dig at Nilekani, co-founder and former CEO of Infosys, he said ‘those who think they’ve given birth to IT in this country did not listen to a common man like me’.

Modi said that he met with a team from the central government in a meeting that lasted two hours. The team was unable to answer his questions on security particularly of border and coastal states. Modi called the project a political gimmick with no long term vision.

If that last line seems familiar, it’s because it has been shared several times on social media. A day after the rally in 2014 Modi tweeted the following tweet that now resurfaced and cited by those opposed to Aadhaar. To make sure the tweet wasn’t photoshopped we used a simple website to trace back the original tweet to the prime minister’s verified Twitter account.

So what changed the prime minister’s mind? According to an article in the Hindu Business Line there were two meetings that saved the Aadhaar program. The first was a closed door meeting between Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and outgoing UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani in late June 2014 where Nilekani persuaded the new government to continue the Aadhaar program.

Citing a Governance Now article, the Hindu Business Line reported of another meeting that took place with Vijay Madan, the UIDAI director general and mission director. The article states that the UID team spoke of savings from plugging subsidy leakages to which Modi asked for a precise estimate. The figure was “up to Rs. 50,000 crores a year.”

In March, several news outlets reported Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa saying at an industry event that linking Aadhar to direct benefits transfer (DBT) schemes had resulted in savings of Rs 34,000 crores to the government. However, the time frame was not clear from Lavasa’s comments.