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, June 22, 2017

11540 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 21ST June 2017

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: People suffering from tuberculosis will have to mandatorily submit their Aadhaar number to avail benefits under a central government ...

We face a range of social issues that are deeply ingrained in technology, such as Aadhaar and the right to privacy, the financialisation of the economy ...

Business Standard
The government's decision to make Aadhaar, the 16-digit biometric identity, mandatory for banking transactions above Rs 50,000 is likely to confuse ...

Firstpost (satire)
Two days ago the central government issued a circular that forced linking of Aadhaar number to land records. In this circular government warned ...

Outlook India
All central government departments were today asked not to share personal details, including Aadhaar number, of RTI applicants. The directive comes ...

Zee News
New Delhi: All central government departments were on Tuesday asked not to share personal details, including Aadhaar number, of RTI applicants.

New Delhi, June 21: The Government has recently made Aadhaar card mandatory to avail benefits of all government schemes. A notification has also ...

The New Indian Express
CHENNAI: Nobody's information is secure in an era of big data. Americans learnt it the hard way on Monday after a marketing company working for the ...

The government has asked GST applicants and taxpayers to ensure that their mobile numbers are registered Aadhaar for to smoothen the registration ...

Times of India
ALLAHABAD: Amidst raging debate of linking Aadhaar with PAN card, the basic education department in UP has made details of both mandatory for ...

Hindu Business Line
The findings were part of a dipstick evaluation conducted by MicroSave earlier this year in six districts, where a pilot on Aadhaar-enabled Fertiliser ...

The New Indian Express
“Nobody will be storing your Aadhaar number. Aadhaar is only used for authenticatio. The Aadhaar numbers goes to the UIDAI database for ...

Summary: Therefore, he had to pull the yoke with help from his wife.“We got his Aadhaar card made on Tuesday. The aged farmer now lives with his ...

Times of India (blog)
On Aadhaar card too, Centre has made an ally of the courts to push its diktat that Aadhaar is a must while filing income tax returns. But was Aadhaar ...

The Hans India
One of the major challenges faced by them is getting an Aadhaar card and the refugee card issued by the United Nations High Commission for ...

“Further the government will use Aadhaar (unique identification number) to prevent any duplication while settling unpaid loans,” the official said.

The Hindu
If the core argument — that sharing the particulars of one's Aadhaar and PAN numbers with others violates one's right to privacy leading to an ...

The Statesman
Lalit said since last year he had been running from pillar to post to get his Aadhaar card but was still awaiting an answer from the UIDAI department.

... Discover motorcycle came and snatched the handbag containing Aadhaar card of her and her daughter, ID card, PAN card, ATM card and Rs 1,700.

Property ownershipThe letter also stated that the government was considering linking Aadhaar numbers with the ownership of the said properties, ...

Daily Pioneer
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to link the Aadhaar no. with educational certificates. It will be made mandatory in ...


Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The government on Monday termed as "fake" a letter attributed to the Cabinet Secretariat wherein linking of land records with Aadhaar ...

Economic Times
BIJNOR: The Uttar Pradesh government has made Aadhaar card ... The recording of Aadhaar numbers of patients will help reduce fraudulent use of ...

After making Aadhaar mandatory for filing of income tax returns, for those who have an Aadhaar, the government has now made it mandatory to link ...

The government has won one half of the battle for linking PAN with Aadhaar, but it is in danger of losing the larger case on privacy if it mindlessly ...

Khaleej Times
Non-resident Indians remain exempted from the mandatory requirement of quoting a 12-digit unique identification number called Aadhaar to file tax ...

Lawyer Sanjay Chaturvedi seconded Sampat and said, "Aadhaar is the only document that the government can rely on to keep tabs on benami ...

The New Indian Express
Curiously, the Centre's directive to link the bank accounts with Aadhaar has apparently made these fraudsters more brazen. Their latest modus ...

Phone Mantra
Baahubali Prabhas Aadhaar Card Details: Recently, the news goes viral. South Indian actor Prabhas whose real name has Venkata Satyanarayana ...

The Hindu
For instance, the court altogether rejected the contention that the Income Tax Act cannot make Aadhaar compulsory when the core legislation, the ...

After repeated drives to link the ration cards with Aadhaar, we cancelled the names of people who did not respond even after being notified," PDS ...

Times of India
He argued that the petroleum company's decision — not to give him the subsidy for him not linking his Aadhaar card —was to be implemented in ...

Huffington Post India
Somewhat akin to the Aadhaar, ISBN is a singular identification number allotted to a book and treated like a unique footprint by traders, librarians, ...

The government on Monday termed as "fake" a letter attributed to the Cabinet Secretariat wherein linking of land records with Aadhaar had been made ...

Other headlines: The Centre refuted reports about linking land records to Aadhaar, and Mamata Banerjee asked parties to attend a meet on the ...

Times of India
Vote BJP for Demonetization, Bhim App., Aadhaar card, Pan Card Digital India and now GST, and then they Regulate & force what we should eat, do, ...

Financial Express
... files and lets you authenticate them online with your Aadhaar number, e-bastas, and the linking of Aadhaar to bank accounts and PAN cards.

The Indian Awaaz
A Total of 144 Awards were given under different programmes. Awards on Sustainable Livelihood, Transparency and Accountability, Aadhaar ...

The New Indian Express
He managed to get ration and Aadhaar cards and also a passport. He got a job in one of the Gulf countries and was caught by the airport staff.

Deccan Chronicle
"The letter attributed to Cabinet Secretariat on #Aadhaar linking to Land records, is completely fake & mischievous," he said. Tags: aaadhar, press ...