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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

Special

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

Quotes

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.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

11466 - AADHAAR ARTICLES DATED 24TH MAY 2017



Times of India
Aadhaar, aggressively pushed by the government, is being fiercely questioned by privacy and security advocates. Though most of these activists say ...



Economic Times
JAISALMER: Close on the heels of a vendor being caught in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, for attempting to obtain an Aadhaar card in the name of slain ...



DailyO
A group of anti-Aadhaar activists have alleged that Sharad Sharma - the co-founder of iSpirt, a think tank has closely worked with Aadhaar - has been ...



The New Indian Express
At least their Aadhaar cards say so. Strange as it may sound, it speaks volumes about how mindlessly the column seeking DoB for Aadhaar has been ...
Aadhaar goof-up merges birthdays - Calcutta Telegraph



Times of India
HYDERABAD: Submission of Aadhaar card has been made mandatory in Telangana for admission to junior colleges from the 2017-18 academic year ...



The Shillong Times
NONGSTOIN: The KSU, West Khasi Hills District Unit said that implementation of Aadhaar will have an impact on the minority communities in the ...






Firstpost
The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is set to make Aadhaar cards mandatory for those who want to give the state board exams.






The Hindu
Having pioneered in harnessing the potential of Information Technology in its broad spectrum of coal exploration and mining activities, the Singareni ...






Outlook India
lucknow, May 23 The Allahabad High Court today directed the Uttar Pradesh government to prepare a database of medical store owners and ...






The Hindu
The two most crucial factors for the Union government's performance over the past three years have been banking reforms and Aadhaar, which has ...






Deccan Chronicle
Prior to Aadhaar Pay, the closed access system of the banking network ensured utmost security and privacy, with the bank holding the onus of the ...






ClickLancashire
He told the court that 115 crore of the country's 120 crore people had already been covered by Aadhaar. He said that the fresh petition against ...






Daily News & Analysis
It was a foot-in-mouth situation for Mankhurd police after they had pasted an illegal notification on the wall of the police station, which made Aadhaar ...






The Quint
The approach for Aadhaar has been the same. The single-most important contribution of the Modi government to Aadhaar is more than doubling the ...






Business Standard
Aadhaar details have been leaked, which is again a major security risk. So, the legal and policy frameworks need to be in place,” said Pavan Duggal, ...






Economic Times
... about 2.5 lakh which employ almost 10 lakh people and did business of around Rs. 1800 crore out of which Rs. 600 crore came only from Aadhaar.



The Register
The insistence on biometrics will cement the role of India's Aadhaar authentication system, thought to have records on more than one billion people ...






Times of India
Although Padoliya's Aadhaar card says his date of birth was January 1, 1916, his family members claimed he was 105 years old. Family members said ...






Business Standard
... improved upon by the Modi government, for example the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) or Aadhaar.