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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

11457 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 23rd May 2017

Economic Times
In effect, Aadhaar—unlike Google or any digital service—is compulsory, ... It can erode public faith in Aadhaar— and, by extension, the government.

Times of India (blog)
Yes, I am referring to the pronouncement that from this year on, the PAN Card and Aadhaar Card had to be linked. Now I can say I am a proud Indian, ...

Economic Times
ALLAHABAD: Villagers of Kanjasa are a perplexed lot. Going by their newly acquired Aadhaar cards, some 1000 of them should be celebrating their ...

Times of India
The UP Board Of Secondary Education, which conducts the UP Board exam has made it compulsory for candidates to enter their Aadhaar number ...

Economic Times
iSPIRT co-founder Sharad Sharma's public apology on Twitter for trolling critics of Aadhaar may have won Nandan Nilekani's remission, but has set off ...

With the controversy regarding the mandatory nature of Aadhaar cards still raging and the Supreme Court of India still to give its verdict on whether the ...

Business Standard
Fuelled by Aadhaar and Jan Dhan Yojana, India has improved upon all the macroeconomic indicators over the last three years, Prime Minister ...

Daily News & Analysis
Do you need Aadhaar cards to lodge FIRs? The Mankhurd police have pasted a notification inside the station, asking people to produce their Aadhaar ...

Aadhar authorities need to clearly spell out what a consumer can do if their number has been used without authorisation (“What the Aadhaar authority ...

Financial Express
While disbursements via the direct benefit transfer (DBT) channel stood at Rs 9,826 crore in April 2017, up 7% year-on-year, there has been a much ...

The Indian Express
Police recovered a fake Indian passport, Aadhaar card and license from his possession, he said, adding that he had shown himself as a resident of ...

To prove you are the genuine user, they want you to share Aadhaar details, account number details and other personal information that they will later ...

Some of those accounts were also trolling anti-Aadhaar voices on Twitter. Here's a take from Kiran on why anonymity is still important to protect.

... head of Product Nation and a well-known tech evangelist, was trolling and defaming techies who were anti-Aadhaar through an anonymous handle ...

Telangana Today
The fingerprint scanner will help in authenticating the farmer's identity with Aadhaar number. It will facilitate in implementing various schemes meant ...

To upload the documents, register the certificates, marks sheets, pass certificates and admit card on the system, the Aadhaar card number of the ...