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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

11286 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 8th May 2017

Aadhaar is a unique indigenous innovation that empowers every Indian by providing them with a secure and verifiable identity. Aadhaar is going to be ...

The Income Tax department, short of annulling the recently introduced mandatory Aadhaar-PAN linkage, has climbed down its high horse so much so ...

What can you do with Aadhaar? That is the question I asked myself a few weeks ago. There is actually a lot that can be done with Aadhaar, and almost ...

Deccan Chronicle
Hyderabad: The civil supplies department has swung into action to protect the confidentiality of Aadhaar data after the Centre alerted all state ...

New Delhi: Finding it difficult to complete the task in time, the union government has extended the deadline for linking the Aadhaar numbers of school ...

While the response to the introduction of Aadhaar has been majorly positive, in the recent light of leaks, it has ushered in intense skepticism against it.

Linking Aadhaar with ration cards has resulted in a huge saving of Rs 14,000 crore for the exchequer, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on ...

Nagaland Post
In the meeting, VDB secretaries and village council chairmen were enlightened on the importance of Aadhaar seeding and Direct Benefit Transfer ...

New Democrats (press release) (blog)
In our country where majority of people live in informal sector, the Indian state pushed Aadhaar on the billion plus Indian population as the solution to ...

Asianet Newsable
Here, he changed his name as Mohammed Maimun Sheikh and got a fake Aadhaar Card, birth certificate and even a passport for himself allegedly by ...

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to launch a BHIM-Aadhaar platform for merchants to facilitate digital payments and unveil cash ...

Otherwise, the website will prompt you to link your Aadhaar with UAN. ... You can submit your claim online using the Aadhaar composite claim form.

If you have an Aadhaar number, you should be able to pay with your fingerprint. This facility moved one step closer towards reality on 14 April when ...

Times of India (blog)
There are very serious issues involved in the petition before SC, including whether the Aadhaar Act could have been passed as a money bill.

The Navhind Times
No, not the rise of the IT industry; it is the much hated Aadhaar! This is what he has got to say about it, “India has, without question made the largest ...

Government of India and its constituent States have enabled citizens with identity proofs through cards, e.g., ration , BPL/APL, Aadhaar, voters ID card, ...

Hindustan Times
During the survey, bank accounts will be opened of those who do not have one and Aadhaar cards will be made of the left out population.

Times of India
Students were also requested to carry their Aadhaar card with them to avoid confusion regarding their identity. Many students, however, said that ...