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

11547 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 24th June 2017

The News Minute
While the govt has built an Aadhaar-based attendance system for its employees, startups like Syntizen are tapping into this space too, to help ...

Times of India
The WhatsApp voice message says that once the customer has given out his 12-digit unique identification number (Aadhaar), she/ he would be urged ...

The Indian Express
A petitioner who took the Centre to the Supreme Court over its move to make Aadhaar cards “mandatory” to avail certain welfare schemes has ...

The Hindu
Bringing transparency: Power consumers will be sent SMS alerts, connections monitored with Aadhaar number. | Photo Credit: jA ;THAKUR AJAY PAL ...

Times Now
The Aadhar Card is invariably the most important document which you own now, and errors in it could land you in a soup. Linking the Aadhaar card ...

After three weeks of decent show this week most pharma stocks ended red. The week highlights include government making Aadhaar mandatory for ...

Daily News & Analysis
Aadhaar number has now been made compulsory for students of Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) government schools. Now ...

UPI Upgrade Could Boost Aadhaar Pay in India Administrated by the National Payments Corporation of India, the UPI is a payments platform ...

The New Indian Express
TIRUMALA: Don't have an aadhaar card? Forget any plans of divya darshan you may have harboured, for Lord Venkateswara isn't seeing you.

Linking your Aadhar number wand PAN card couldn't be easier. Here's how you do it: Go to this page to open the Income Tax department's e-Filing ...

Deccan Herald
Petitioners told the Supreme Court on Friday that Aadhaar results in exclusion not only through the process of enrolment, but also by its use, often ...

The Shillong Times
NONGSTOIN: The Khasi Students' Union (KSU) has demanded that Aadhaar enrolment in West Khasi Hills be stopped as the unique identification ...

The Hans India
He also said that from July 1 onwards the devotees should attach Aadhaar copy for break Darshan tickets and also have to bring Aadhaar card along ...

The Hindu
The government statistics as told to the Supreme Court that 95.1% of the entire population is covered by Aadhaar, which has already seen 115.5 crore ...

Hindu Business Line
Quoting of Aadhaar has been made mandatory. In case an individual has not received Aadhaar card but applied for the same, they can give their ...

Times of India
The Rajasthan high court has ruled that lack of Aadhaar cannot be grounds for denying anyone rations, so this order will be followed by the state.

Morung Express
KK Sharma, the chief manager of SBI Mon branch, spoke as resource person on the need to avail Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) by linking Aadhaar ...

Afternoon Voice
It was decided last December that that all applicants can submit any one of the following documents – Matriculation Certificate, PAN card, Aadhaar ...