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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


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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

Quotes

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.


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

11291 - Aadhaar-enabled phone was a joke - now jokers are making it real - Daily O.In


I don't understand what is the more frightening part here.

Javed Anwer@brijwassi

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 all of it is scary. But just to give examples, I came up with a few scenarios.

One of them was that it can be used to create an Aadhaar-enabled phone, or that it can be integrated with existing smartphones, through which the government will be able to track everything you do on a phone.

It is a simple enough idea. The phones already have a fingerprint scanner. The easiest way to integrate this phone with Aadhaar data is by linking this fingerprint scanner with the biometric data of Indian citizens that UIDAI holds.

Once that is done, everything that a user does can be authenticated with the fingerprint scanner, which in turn uses Aadhaar data. Buy something using a phone, authenticate using Aadhaar data. Log into a website, first authenticate with Aadhaar.

The idea in itself is fairly ludicrous because it will be such a big privacy issue. I meant this more as a joke.

But apparently, there are people who don't find it ludicrous. Instead, they find it as a great idea, and are hoping to link an entire mobile operating system with Aadhaar. These people are the ones who are behind the Indus OS, a so-called Indian, indigenous operating system.

Indus OS is actually based on Android. It is like Xiaomi's MIUI. But Indus folks call it a made-in-India OS and they claim it is the third-largest mobile operating system.

Now, Rakesh Deshmukh, who is the CEO of Indus OS, has told the Economic Times that the company will link the OS to Aadhaar. "We expect to launch the platform this quarter and empower over 1 billion Indians enrolled for Aadhaar," he said, while talking about how Indus OS will use Aadhaar data to authenticate users on the phone.


Who had imagined that a baby in a hospital will first see someone taking her or his fingerprints and creating an Aadhaar number before a birth certificate can be issued?

And then, he says that "Aadhaar-authenticated OS will be released across the company's smartphone brand partners, including Micromax, Intex, Karbonn, Celkon and Swipe".
Or, in other words, bye bye privacy for anyone using a Micromax or Karbonn phone.

I don't understand what is the more frightening part here. Is it the fact that the CEO of an operating system that apparently millions of phones is going to use has Aadhaar in the software, and is in the process going to destroy the privacy of probably millions of people?

Or is it the fact that this company, which claims to be the firm behind India's most successful home-grown software (even if the claim is inaccurate because at the base of Indus OS there is Android), believes in a ludicrous idea that ought to invite some laughs?

Instead of seeing the idea as what it is - a joke - he believes it is one great idea worth commercialising.

But then, may be the fault is not with the Indus OS. Since the very beginning of the Aadhaar programme, we have seen how ludicrous ideas have been folded into the ambit of the number. 

Who would have thought in 2009, when Aadhaar was conceived, that one day to take admission into a school a kid will have to furnish an Aadhaar number? 

Or who had imagined that a baby in a hospital will first see someone taking her or his fingerprints and creating an Aadhaar number before a birth certificate can be issued? 

Or who had imagined that without an Aadhaar number, college students will not get a degree or that to eat a mid-day meal, a hungry kid will have to first ensure that she has an Aadhaar number?

The whole Aadhaar programme is a cruel joke. Irrespective of how you look at it, it doesn't make any sense. The only problem is that the joke has gone too far now and people have started suffering.