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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

11467 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 25th May 2017

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: It is not mandatory to provide age proof for Aadhaar enrolment but a valid document is required to correct the date of birth registered for ...

The Hindu
Farmers in the district should provide Aadhaar number to respective Primary Agriculture Cooperative Credit Societies, as the fertilizer subsidy will be ...

Times of India
KOLKATA: The bovine brigade in Bengal has been among the first to get UID numbers, long before Modi government mooted the proposal of Aadhaar ...

Times of India
MADURAI: Farmers procuring farm fertilizers will have to carry their Aadhaar cards to primary agricultural cooperative societies (PACS) and fertilizer ...

Hindustan Times
Bengaluru Police arrested late on Wednesday three suspected Pakistani nationals and an Indian man who lived in the Karnataka capital on forged ...

In a repeat, Jan 1 birth date in Aadhaar cards for 250 Pokhran villagers. 250 villagers of Pabupadia in Jaisalmer district have found that their new ...

Outlook India
After he was unmasked, the co-founder of iSpirt (a software product association), Sharad Sharma, has admitted to have trolled anonymously against ...

Business Standard (press release) (registration) (blog)
The government of India is pushing relentlessly to roll out a national biometric identity database called Aadhaar, which it wants India's billion-plus ...

“In such cases, in order to facilitate Aadhaar enrolment, the person is requested to specify his/her age & the same is accepted by UIDAI. This age is ...

Times of India
THRISSUR: The academic council of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), on Wednesday, approved a proposal to include photographs and Unique ...

The Quint (blog)
The current Aadhaar card and data privacy debate speaks to an important aspect of a landmark government programme to improve public service ...

The India Saga (blog)
New Delhi - It is still hazy to see the desperation of the union government to imposing the Aadhaar Card mandatory when matters related to Aadhaar ...

The Echo of India
Major social schemes in the Islands include Aadhaar enrolment under which 98% enrolment has been done and 86.66 % accounts have been ...

The Indian Express
A person can store driving licence, university marksheets and PAN information in the locker and link it with his or her Aadhaar card to reduce the ...

Biometric Update
India runs the world's largest biometric identification database called “Aadhaar”. The system provides basic identification to access government ...

... trolled by anonymous Twitter handles, calling him names and disapproving of his tweets against government's Aadhaar program. He was inclined to ...

Government counsel on the other hand submitted that in the course of investigation, it was found that the school certificate, Aadhaar card and ...

Times of India
While verifying the photos and Aadhaar copies, they could traced everyone except Pradan. So, this made police suspect that the victim could be ...

Be it the electronic voting machine or Aadhaar or digital privacy debates; loss of jobs in Indian IT services, the biggest job creator in the last three ...

Times of India
When police were scouting for clues, they came across several photographs at the brothers' house. The accused had kept several Aadhaar cards and ...

Catch News
Meet Sharad Sharma, co-founder of iSpirt, a think tank that closely worked with Aadhaar. Sharma has been exposed as the man behind the ...

Summary: "In Tamil Nadu, the government aims to distribute 3 crore LED bulbs, 35 lakh LED tubelights and 10 lakh fans to consumers. "By June first ...

Daily News & Analysis
As first reported by DNA, the law panel recommended to the government to replace surety bond with Aadhaar or PAN card, and it also suggested to ...