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 27, 2017

11131 - Aadhaar made mandatory to ensure poor get food: Centre tells Delhi HC - Live Mint

Last Modified: Mon, Apr 24 2017. 09 53 PM IST

The central government tells the Delhi high court that the Aadhaar card was made mandatory for getting subsidised food grain through the Public Distribution System

New Delhi: The central government Monday told the Delhi high court that Aadhaar was made mandatory for accessing the public distribution system (PDS) to ensure that the real beneficiaries were able to get subsidised foodgrains.

“PDS is being misused and the idea is to prevent misuse so that middlemen are not able to take advantage. It has to be seen that the poor and vulnerable are able to avail benefits of PDS under the National Food Security Act (NFSA),” additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain told a bench headed by acting chief justice Gita Mittal.

He added that use of Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for PDS was different from its linkage with the PAN card.
The Centre was responding to a public interest litigation (PIL) by Delhi Rozi-Roti Adhikar Abhiyan, an association engaged in advocating and implementing right to food which sought quashing of the Centre’s 8 February notification which directs adoption of mandatory Aadhaar-based authentication for the purpose of food grain distribution by states.

The notification came into effect in all states and Union territories, except Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir.
The petition claimed that the mandatory use of Aadhaar for PDS stood in violation of a series of orders passed by the apex court holding that no citizen could be denied a service or benefit for not holding an Aadhaar card and its use was voluntary.
The Centre’s notification has been passed without taking note of the ground level problems and its impact on the fundamental right to food and statutory rights under the NFSA of beneficiaries who are poor and often depend on the smooth functioning of the PDS scheme for food security, the petition held.

Challenging Aadhaar’s mandatory nature, it further alleged that the notification violated Article 21 (Right to life) as it infringes on the right to food of the rightful beneficiaries of the PDS scheme.
A similar challenge to the mandatory use of Aadhaar for benefits under the NFSA is pending before the Supreme Court.
The case will be heard next on 25 May.