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

Monday, June 26, 2017

11546 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 23rd June 2017

Economic Times
Given the increasing importance of Aadhaar now, any mispelling, errors in your Aadhaar are likely to lead to problems for you. Linking Aadhaar and ...

Your Aadhaar ID will now have to be listed with tax returns from July with the recent Supreme Court ruling saying the move will help curb tax evasion.

The Hindu
An Aadhaar biometric identity card, issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), is arranged for a photograph in Mumbai, India, on ...

BBC News
The idea of getting biometric data - fingerprint and iris scans - of a billion people would seem to be an impossibly complex task. But the Indian ...
Aadhaar CEO elevated to position of secretary - The Sen Times Online Newspape

Times of India
It's not just with bank accounts and PAN that Aadhaar is playing a major role. The 12 digit number is all set to play a key part in weeding out proxy civic ...

Times of India
"Whoever has an Aadhaar card must furnish it so that it is linked to the arms licence. The rationale is that the UID is being linked with various other ...

Firstpost (satire)
The central government has notified that all Indians shall have their aadhaar number tattoo painted all over their body. The latest notification explains ...

Bar & Bench
Responding to the counter affidavit filed by the Central government in the Aadhaar case, petitioner Kalyani Sen Menon has filed a rejoinder affidavit ...

Times of India (blog)
Aadhaar's reach has been extended once again with government making it mandatory for TB patients who wish to receive state aid for treatment.

Times of India
All patients suffering from tuberculosis will get free diagnosis and medicines, irrespective of whether they produce an Aadhaar card, under the ...

The Uttar Pradesh government has made Aadhaar card mandatory for anyone wanting to avail its free ambulance service. Now, if a patient calls an ...

The Indian Express
The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) would soon install Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance system on the ...

Rising Kashmir Daily English Newspaper (press release)
The Union Cabinet Secretary today reviewed the progress of DBT and Aadhaar seeding with Union Secretaries, Chief Secretaries and Finance ...

Financial Express
The deadline (July 31) for filing income tax returns for individuals for financial year 2016-2017 (not covered under tax audit) is fast approaching.

Times of India
... from mobile retail shop, printed in transparent sheet/adhesive film/3D printed and used for #AADHAAR pay who will compensate you for the loss? t.

Business Standard
The learning outcome of each student will be linked to his or her Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identification number, for monitoring. The government has ...

Deccan Chronicle
The elevation comes at a time when the Aadhaar is being made mandatory for availing the benefits of various government schemes and services.

The Hindu
The Pakistanis had got their Aadhaar cards based on their rental agreement and a certificate of introduction from a gazetted officer, who was arrested ...

eGov Magazine | Elets
The Department of Post has initiated the updation facility in Aadhaar at its General Post Office (GPO) building and plans to open more such more ...

International Business Times, India Edition
Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly in talks with state-run National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), top bank representatives and other ...

The New Indian Express
The APIs which are part of IndiaStack are the UPI, the Aadhaar authentication, Aadhaar e-kyc, digital locker, the digital user. "IndiaStack is a ...

BFSI Post Magazine | Elets
The central government has promoted Aadhaar-issuing body UIDAIs Chief Executive Officer Ajay Bhushan Pandey to the position of secretary.

Business Today
It was also decided in December, that all applicants can submit any one of the following documents - Matriculation Certificate, PAN card, Aadhaar ...

Hindu Business Line
New Delhi native Jatinder Bagga, 46, a resident of Karol Bagh, was arrested yesterday evening in Kalkaji for failing to provide Aadhaar card details ...