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, June 17, 2017

11534 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 16th June 2017

Economic Times
The government has made quoting of biometric identity number Aadhaar mandatory for opening of bank accounts as well as for any financial ...

Times of India
NEW DELHI: By acknowledging "legitimate state interest" in the government's decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for welfare benefits and linking it ...

Aadhaar Ventures India. BSE: 531611 | NSE: | ISIN: ..... Aadhaar Venture is in the Finance - General sector. The current market capitalisation stands at ...

Times of India
BENGALURU: Yelahanka New Town police have arrested five persons, including a woman, for allegedly facilitating issuance of Aadhaar cards to ...

Catch News
Even as the rest of the country debates if Aadhaar should become compulsory for availing government subsidies and filing income tax returns, ...

Barely a month after three Pakistani nationals were caught in Bengaluru with Aadhaar cards, a 29-year-old Nepali woman, Jayalaxmi Gurung, was ...

The New Indian Express
GUNTUR : Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy has said Aadhaar cards of farmers will be linked to supply of fertilisers in the State.

Governance Now (blog)
In April, the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai was making news. Its ranking in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2017 ...

The Arunachal Times
SEPPA, Jun 15: Aadhaar enrolment in East Kameng district ends on June 30 next and no more enrolment shall take place thereafter, informed East ...

Hyderabad, Jun 16: DCB Bank, a new generation private sector bank has launched new services – India's first Aadhaar based iris eye scan customer ...

Times of India
Chandigarh: In the process of linking the whole public distribution system (PDS) with Aadhaar, Haryana's food and civil supplies department has ...

Economic Times
Keen to showcase utility of its Aadhaar project amid opposition from activists in the SC, the government has invited private players with interesting ...

The machine uses a customer's Aadhaar number for the purpose, through which it scans the iris and fingerprint impression to verify the details of the ...

Economic Times
The idea is to reflect the true impact of the government's recent digital thrust through schemes and projects such as Aadhaar and the Unified Payment ...

Jagran Josh
The government on Friday made Aadhaar card mandatory for opening bank accounts and conducting financial transactions of Rs 50,000 and above.

The News Minute
The arrested include Mohan Kumar, owner of an Aadhaar card enrollment centre, his associates Devaraj, Pradeep Kumar, Megha Dutta and Srinivas ...

The Hans India
“There is need to bring awareness among the pilgrims about the importance of Aadhaar and the media should also give wide publicity on it. Making ...

The Hindu
Documents such as Aadhaar and PAN card should not be relied upon. The Kerala Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Rules 2014 lay down that ...

Financial Express
Numbers for Aadhaar Pay and UPI- enabled merchants are not available as these channels are still in their early days. Also, the number of PoS ...

–Record bank/PAN/Aadhaar details: Global SIM companies accepting online methods like net banking, credit/debit cards, wallets, etc. will additionally ...

Web India 123
There is need to bring awareness among the pilgrims about the importance of Aadhaar, he said that "Making Aadhaar mandatory to enhance ...

Applicants should provide their photo, bank account details, copies of Aadhaar card, ration card and other documents and details of land (if any) along ...

Deccan Chronicle
Recently, EPFO mandated the quoting of Aadhaar for all new members who join the Employees' Provision Scheme, 1995 (EPF) with effect from July 1, ...

Pune Mirror
Similarly, when Aadhaar cards were checked, the unique 16-digit numbers did not match with the names they were issued to, making it amply clear ...