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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Economic Times
Aadhaar has undoubtedly become a crucial document not only to establish your identity and avail the government's social security schemes but also ...

Economic Times
The notifications state that beneficiaries of their various schemes need to have Aadhaar as an identity document for delivery of services, benefits and ...

Times of India
MEERUT: Three months after the Union HRD ministry said Aadhaar cards are a must for midday meals and directed school authorities to make a list of ...

Times of India
MUMBALI: The bail plea of a Nepean Sea Road resident, who is alleged to have furnished a bogus Aadhaar card to a ticket-checker on a ...

The Indian Express
Two held for 'helping' Pakistanis get Aadhaar cards. The action against Dr Nagalakshmamma and T H Ravi Kumar came a day the two were arrested ...

Deccan Herald
The BJP coalition government in Andhra Pradesh will embark on a pilot project of issuing Aadhaar like unique numbers to cattle from Thursday.

NewsPatrolling (press release) (blog)
The Chinese have their own citizen identity card system and they combine it with Big Data to improve governance. Using an Aadhaar like identification ...

The Hindu
The Bengaluru Police, who are investigating how three Pakistan nationals obtained Aadhaar, now suspect that many more people could have ...

Economic Times
Following ET's report on Monday, the BBMP on Tuesday removed the Aadhaar numbers of pourakarmikas which were published on its website.

Dalal Street Investment Journal
If the bank account is linked to Aadhaar, Aadhaar payment bridge system ... route transactions to an individual on the basis of their Aadhaar number.

Business Standard
Some members have questioned the group's obsession with blindly promoting Aadhaar and India Stack, saying it was a diversion from iSPIRT's ...

Times of India
He mainly dealt in driving licences and Aadhaar cards. ... The Pakistanis confessed that they purchased Aadhaar cards by paying Rs 300 to a local ...

Times of India
... events involving its founding member Sharad Sharma admitting to being involved in anonymous trolling of those voicing concerns over Aadhaar.

Business Wire India (press release)
In addition to it the potential of Aadhaar diversified activities such as corrections/updates/e-Aadhaar, Aadhaar seeding and Aadhaar PVC Card version ...

India Today
Customers will have to do a one-time registration for availing the feature. This can be done by providing basic details like Aadhaar card or PAN.

The police recovered Aadhaar cards, which was obtained with documents attested by a senior government doctor. Shihab was arrested along with ...

Bangalore Mirror
... documents that enabled three Pakistani nationals to obtain Aadhaar cards, the health department on Tuesday suspended her for dereliction of duty.