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.

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


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


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.

Friday, May 19, 2017

11423 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 18th May 2017

Economic Times
BENGALURU: While the Union government's push for wider application of Aadhaar has triggered a nationwide debate on privacy , the scare came ...

Economic Times
Allaying concerns about the security of data in Aadhaar servers in the wake of "WannaCry" ransomware attack, the Unique Identification Authority of ...
Aadhaar intrusion - Daily Excelsior

Economic Times
TRAI suggests Aadhaar eKYC for internet and broadband connections ... to extend Aadhaar-based eKYC authentication to ISPs for broadband and ...

The Supreme Court of India lambasted the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre for making Aadhaar card a mandatory prerequisite to ...

The Hindu
The former Union Information Technology Secretary said while the investment on Aadhaar cards as the ultimate proof of identity was about ₹7,000 ...

Safran Identity & Security is celebrating its increasing prominence as a solutions provider for Aadhaar projects in India. Safran Celebrates Aadhaar ...

The Weekend Leader
The Supreme Court vacation bench on Wednesday recused from hearing a petition challenging several government notifications making the Aadhaar ...

The Tribune
Kamboj said, “Nearly 85 per cent ration cards in the state have been linked with Aadhaar cards and efforts are being made to get the remaining cards ...

Deccan Chronicle
Chennai: The Union government wants every taxpayer to link his or her Aadhaar with Permanent Account Number (PAN) to pay income tax returns, ...

Daily News & Analysis
Sources said the suggestion to replace surety bonds with Aadhaar cards and voter IDs has been taken by the Commission after discussions with ...

Aadhaar saved India over Rs 36k crore in just 2 years As India's economy prepares to gather momentum in the coming years buttressed by the Digital ...

Daily Excelsior
JAMMU, May 17: Relief holders of Jagti have demanded that the process for issuance of Aadhaar cards for migrant of Jagti township be started ...

Daily News & Analysis
Recently, the Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi, was in court defending the Government's stand on making Aadhaar mandatory. Never mind ...

In the last few months, the central government has necessitated Aadhaar cards for availing multiple welfare schemes. Today, linking your Aadhaar ...

Bureaucracy Today
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended use of Aadhaar-based eKYC verification for all types of subscribers – fixed line, ...

Times of India
NEW DELHI: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the regulatory authority for Aadhaar, has written to a Bengaluru-based research ...

The Hindu
The claims by the government on the safety of biometric data vis-á-vis Aadhaar sound unconvincing in the wake of the recent global malware attack ...

The Quint
For the past few months, India's twitter space has been divided into two distinct camps – for and against Aadhaar, the world's largest biometric ...

The Income Tax Department tracks lifestyle expenses, asset purchases, investments and foreign travel through your PAN card and Aadhaar number ...

Economic Times
Over 85 per cent of active MGNREGA workers have their Aadhaar details seeded with their consent and 4.85 crores workers are already on the ...

Economic Times
“One thing that is clear is, a robust platform has been built under Digital India with the Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobile services (JAM) trinity. The idea ...

The New Indian Express
However, Fr Paul said Aadhaar cards were not enough and they should be supported by the certificates of their parents, a letter from the village officer ...

We got suspicious as he was not carrying the original hall ticket and asked him for his Aadhaar card,” said an officer. “The suspect resembled the man ...

Times of India
AURANGABAD: The city police on Wednesday raided a local Shiv Sena corporator's residence where the blank answersheets of a civil engineering ...

But the examiner found something fishy about the forged Aadhaar card presented by Chhote. The examiner discovered that the Aadhaar card had ...

United News of India
Kotak is the first bank in India to integrate the newly introduced Aadhaar-based OTP authentication process for account opening on mobile.