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

Friday, April 28, 2017


Updated: Apr 26, 2017, 11.46 PM IST

Gujarat’s Social Justice and Empowerment department pulled down its website after publishing details of scholarship beneficiaries. The data included their Aadhaar and mobile phone numbers and bank account details – a breach that could potentially expose the beneficiaries to profiling and even financial fraud. On realising the blunder, the administrators took down the website on Wednesday. The site — Sje.gujarat.gov.in — had reportedly displayed a list of almost 33,000 students who had received scholarship under the post-matric scholarship for minority communities in 2013-14, as well as 2,500 other students who received the merit-cum-means scholarship the same year.

The website mentioned Aadhaar numbers of several of these students, along with their name, address, names of parents and institutions where they study among other details. Enraged by the breach of confidentiality, mobile shop owner Nizam Master, whose daughter is beneficiary of 2013-14 scholarship, said: “The government cannot be careless after assuring everyone that Aadhaar – a 12-digit biometric- based identity number – will be secure. The government is pushing Aadhaar for almost everything —marriage certificates, passports, pension claims, opening bank accounts, mobile connections and is also to be linked to PAN cards.

It can be used to acquire and authenticate customers faster for financial services or banking. By publishing our details, the government has left us vulnerable to identity theft and financial fraud.” Ahmedabad Sunni Muslim Wakf Committee has been instrumental in guiding minority students to get government scholarships. Expressing concern over the lapse, Raise Munsi from the institution said, “We help them fill forms for pre-matric, postmatric, and merit-cum-means scholarships. It is shocking to know that sensitive details linked to Aadhaar have been made public by the government.”

Activist Raju Solanki said, “The government also plans to make the list of beneficiaries under RTE public soon. We fear that their Aadhaar details will be uploaded for all to see. The government needs to behave responsibly.” After the issue came to light, the government removed the link from the site. Clicking on beneficiaries tab on the department’s website led to a page displaying the message – ‘The page is under construction’. Attempts to contact Social Justice minister Atmaram Parmar and Principal Secretary Kamal Dayani were unsuccessful.