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, May 12, 2017

11319 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 11th May 2017

The Indian Express
In light of various Central and state government departments making public Aadhaar information of several users on their websites, the Ministry of ...

The Hindu
I-T Department asks people to ensure that the date of birth and gender in PAN and Aadhaar are exactly the same, to ensure linkage without failure.

Bangalore Mirror
A year after the Central Government made Aadhaar mandatory for property registrations, house-owners and real-estate agents in the city are asking ...

In recent months, the debate over Aadhaar has reached a feverish pitch as the Narendra Modi government has pushed to make the 12-digit ...

The Wire
Aadhaar and its many connotations have grown to be among the most burning issues on the Indian fore today, that every citizen aware of their rights ...

The Hindu
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a joint petition filed by Magsaysay award winner Shanta Sinha and feminist researcher Kalyani Sen Menon for ...

Times of India
We have proposed amendment in Rule number 69 of the registration rules, which is basically recommending a word "Aadhaar linked", which would ...

Deccan Chronicle
In many cases Aadhaar numbers of workers have been linked to the bank accounts of others and their wages deposited in the wrong accounts.

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said the BHIM-Aadhaar pay app for digital payments was a tribute to Dr ...

The Quint
Just when you thought the intrusion of Aadhaar in our lives couldn't get any further, the invasion of our privacy just got bigger. Indus, the company that ...

The Asian Age
From the new academic session in July, the children will wear a new uniform, which will also be armed with Aadhaar cards. The state government has ...

The Quint
The Quint speaks with Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), about the Aadhaar card. Is it a surveillance ...

Uttar Pradesh has now made Aadhaar mandatory for students of classes I to VIII in government schools. 'The main aim…is to link Aadhaar number ...

Deutsche Welle
It argues that linking social welfare schemes to Aadhaar will eliminate bogus beneficiaries and ensure transparent and efficient payouts. It has set a ...

Los Angeles Times
Indians now need an Aadhaar number to pay taxes, collect pensions and obtain certain welfare benefits. The rapid expansion of a program that was ...

The Tribune
Every fair price shop will have PoS device with connectivity to Aadhaar-based biometric identification of beneficiaries. The automated system will help ...

The Ken (subscription)
... digital payment methods, Modi launched another payments platform—BHIM Aadhaar. The day was also the birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar, ...

Times of India
Though the cell has a database of PhD scholars, it only matches on three counts of UGC format while new details like Aadhaar number, funding ...

The due date for filing ITRs for AY2017-18 is 31 July 2017. In case you file it after 1 July, you may have to quote your Aadhaar number or the ...

The Indian Express
Mishra, who recently returned from a trip to Germany, lashed out at the Centre for making Aadhaar mandatory in a handful of government schemes.

The News Minute
For getting PoD as a payment option, the customer will have to do a one-time registration by supplying Aadhaar or PAN card details. PoD charges ...

Times of India
"Many students who have yet not received their Aadhaar number may instead enter the Aadhaar enrolment number given when they applied for it," ...

The Hindu
The linking of Aadhaar cards to the ration card had been completed to the tune of 75.6 %. Soon all ration cards would be Aadhaar linked, he said.

The Hindu
If they did not have Aadhaar number, they could get enrolled for them at the three registration camps to be held in Udupi, Kundapur and Karkala.

Deccan Herald
The Aadhaar number is important. While the Aadhar kit would be made available for those who do not have the Aadhaar card to get it done, authentic ...

Times of India
"Under this system, all ration cards would be linked with Aadhaar and the consumers would be able to get his ration from any depot in any part of the ...

The New Indian Express
While she was searching for the Aadhaar card, the duo found her being alone and followed her. Entering into the living room, the robbers flashed ...