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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

11482 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 27th May 2017

The Indian Express
Most of the population not covered under Aadhaar resides in districts of ... to anganwadi supervisors to speed up the process of Aadhaar enrolment.

The Indian Express
TISS makes Aadhaar card must for students. Students of the institute and new applicants to furnish details else admissions will be discontinued, says ...

The Indian Express
Aadhaar today is backed by a proper parliamentary law with due regard to security. It aims to have maximum utilisation with minimum information.

Kasmir Monitor
With the demonetization of ?500 and ?1,000 bills, the surge in Aadhaar enrolments went up by 60%. The tech giants like Google, Facebook, Microsoft ...

India Today
The Centre defended linking Aadhaar with permanent account number (PAN) in the Supreme Court, saying that the government is entitled to ask for ...

Daily News & Analysis
A Pakistani national, who was living in a temple for nine months under a false identity and had even got Aadhaar and PAN cards, was taken into ...

Also Read Flew to Nepal, crossed over to India“It is too early to say whether the Aadhaar card itself was forged,” said a senior police officer. Apart from ...

The Hitavada
Department of Higher Education (DHE) plans to make Aadhaar card mandatory for aspirants of traditional degree courses. Admission to ...

The Navhind Times
Meanwhile, telecom service providers feel that the issue will be resolved in the coming days with the introduction of Aadhaar-based eKYC process.

The New Indian Express
Believing his words, the old woman gave the gold chain and Aadhaar card to the miscreant. He decamped with the gold chain after sending her to get ...

India Today
Fake documents such as Aadhaar card, election identity card, passbook of State Bank of India were prepared for the operation. The mandatory ...

Daily News & Analysis
All payments are to be routed through electronic and digital fund transfer system, he said adding Aadhaar seeding of Universal Account Number by ...

Financial Express
Given the near-complete failure of Aadhaar-Bhim despite its high-profile launch, clearly, this means a lot of work needs to be done on the ground.

Noting 30 major failures on various fronts, Mr. Siddaramaiah said the Modi government had taken U-turn on Aadhaar, black money, Lokpal, Goods ...

Kashmir Images
Jhajjar (Haryana), May 26 (PTI) A Pakistani national has been detained for staying in a temple here under a fake identity. An Aadhaar card and a PAN ...

... betrayal of mandate."When in opposition, the BJP was opposing the schemes like National Food Security Act Goods and Services Tax and Aadhaar.