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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

11329 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 13th May 2017

The Indian Express
Jean Dreze's article, 'Dissent and Aadhaar' (IE, May 8), and other articles recently published in The Indian Express, have argued that with Aadhaar, ...

The Indian Express
The Revenue department on Friday specified the exceptions for its rule of mandatory quoting of Aadhaar to obtain PAN and file income tax returns ...

The Indian Express
The Supreme Court will hear a petition on May 17 seeking to restrain the Centre from making Aadhaar mandatory for social welfare schemes until the ...

The Hindu
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear on May 17 a plea challenging various notifications of the Centre to make Aadhaar card mandatory for ...

The Indian Express
More than 32,000 Mizoram tribals staying in seven refugee camps in Tripura for the past two decades will be issued Aadhaar cards by the Tripura ...

In a major change of policy, the BJP-led government in Assam has given its nod on the issue of Aadhaar cards in the state which was stalled for three ...

Hindustan Times
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all institutes affiliated to it to volunteer as Aadhaar enrolment centres, where students, ...

Nagaland Post
Deputy commissioner (DC) Kohima has informed the general public that the Centre for enrolment of AADHAAR at the office of Deputy Commissioner ...

Eastern Mirror
Agartala, May 12 (PTI): Tripura government has taken initiative to hold Aadhaar enrollment camps for Bru community people sheltered in seven camps ...

Eastern Mirror
Dimapur, May 12 (EMN): Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kohima has informed general public that the centre for enrolment of Aadhaar at the office of DC ...

Times of India
Kolhapur: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked the universities and colleges across the country to make sure the Aadhaar number of ...

In a new move to ensure the aadhaar enrollment of every citizen, CBSE has partnered with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

The Wire
The government's idea is that the linking of Aadhaar cards to PAN cards will eventually weed out fake PAN cards. By this logic, the government has ...

The New Indian Express
However, he emphasised the importance of creating basic infrastructure like Aadhaar/mobile number seeding with bank accounts for reaching the ...

The Quint
There have been several questions about privacy infringement and the reliability of Aadhaar in the last few months. The Quint caught up with Dr Ajay ...

He asked the authorities concerned to make sure that Aadhaar-based attendance was taken before workers left to attend to work allotted. Disciplinary ...