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

11536 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 17th June 2017

Times of India
NEW DELHI: The government on Friday announced its decision making the Aadhaar card mandatory for opening bank accounts and conducting ...

Outlook India
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today flayed the Centre for making Aadhaar mandatory for opening bank accounts, saying it would ...

Times of India
KOLKATA: Centre's decision to make Aadhaar mandatory in banks before December 31 is likely to make life more miserable for the people in the Hills.

Hindu Business Line
Even as debate rages over Aadhaar and its mandatory usages, the biometric identity number is gaining prominence in the Abode of Lord Balaji.

Economic Times
The government has made Aadhaar mandatory for opening bank accounts. Aadhaar is also mandatory for conducting financial transactions of Rs ...

Times of India
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR) has directed the social justice department (SJD) ...

The government's move to make Aadhaar mandatory to open and operate bank accounts is contrary to its intended purpose and comes at a wrong ...

Millennium Post
Police arrested three persons from a house at North 24 Parganas' Thakurnagar on Friday morning on charges of making fake Aadhaar and voter ...

Daily News & Analysis
Aadhaar mandatory for new accounts, non-linking to make old accounts defunct from Dec 31 The government has made quoting of biometric identity ...

Hindu Business Line
He hoped that the recent initiatives of the government such as Aadhaar-enabled ATMs and Unified Payments Interface (UPI) will play a key role in its ...

And the latest news of the Aadhaar number being made mandatory for bank account holders, as they will have to link their accounts to it, have raised ...

Deccan Herald
Also, no new bank accounts without UID number. The government in Budget 2017 has already mandated seeding of Aadhaar number with Permanent ...

Afresh, an alleged Aadhaar card of Prabhas is going viral on social media. The 'Baahubali' star looks awkward in the photo, just the way photos of any ...

Daily News & Analysis
E-rickshaw owners must link Aadhaar card for govt subsidy ... with an Aadhaar card in order to get Rs 30,000 subsidy from the Delhi government.

NFC World
PARTNER NEWS: A 40-page magazine featuring articles about conversational commerce, national ID-based payment systems using India's Aadhaar ...

Around 90 percent of the people in the valley districts already have Aadhaar cards but for the hill districts, specially Senapati, Ukhrul and Tamenglong, ...

International Business Times, India Edition
Aadhaar becomes mandatory for opening bank accounts and financial transactions above Rs 50,000 from June 1; existing bank account holders have ...

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