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, May 11, 2017

11317 - Duplications in pourakarmika list expose Palike's muster roll scam - Deccan herald

G Manjusainath, Bengaluru, DH News Service, May 10 2017, 1:43 IST

One of the muster rolls displayed on the BBMP website.

The list of pourakarmikas (civic workers) on contract put up by the BBMP on its website substantiates the charges of bogus muster roll and loot of public money.

Following allegations of bogus muster rolls, the BBMP put up the ward-wise list of pourakarmikas on contract on its website. The list throws up interesting details. The list has all details about the civic workers.

Take the case of Mangalamma from Thalaghattapura, who is employed in the Uttarahalli ward. Her name figures along with the same address, ESI-PF details and Aadhaar number at four places. However, she has got four different pourakarmika registration numbers.

Vajramma and Adavakka are two other such cases. There are two Vajrammas in Thalaghattapura, with different registration numbers, ESI-PF, Aadhaar numbers. Adavakka’s name figures twice in the list with same ESI-PF and Aadhaar numbers, but the registration numbers are different. The pictures of Adavakka and Vajramma featuring in the lists are the same.

The BBMP has made it mandatory for the pourakarmikas to provide their Aadhaar card details and photographs. However, Aadhaar details and photographs of some of them are missing from the list.

The BBMP has also reduced the size of the images in the lists to such an extent that it is impossible to identify the person. In the list for Shanthalanagar ward, pourakarmika Uma’s name appears twice – one has Aadhaar number, while the other does not.

“This fraud took a toll on Bengaluru’s image in the recent Swachh Survekshan-2017. The fraudsters, including BBMP engineers and contractors, should not go unpunished,” said an activist.

When these discrepancies were brought to the notice of BBMP joint commissioner Sarfaraz Khan, he conceded that this is a case of manipulation.

“Whatever you have highlighted is serious and important. I will scrutinise the lists and make sure that those behind the manipulation are punished,” said Khan. He said he is making the Aadhaar number mandatory so that the BBMP can keep track of the pourakarmikas.