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

11548 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 25th June 2017

Economic Times
The advisory assumes significance as Aadhaar is mandatory for a host of things, including government subsidies on LPG and other social welfare ...

The Sunday Guardian
Linking Aadhaar with PAN cards will have a considerable effect on curbing tax evasion, even though it may not be the solution to check black money, ...

Bar & Bench
The OM specifically clarifies that this relaxation is available only for those beneficiaries who have not enrolled for Aadhaar yet. Those who have ...

Times of India
AGRA: Primary teachers will receive technical training from Uttar Pradesh Electronics Corporation (UPLC) so that they can provide Aadhaar cards to ...

Deccan Herald
The question whether Aadhaar is mandatory or not has become one of the greatest existential enigmas of our time. Transparency is the key to ...

Times of India
Same with #AADHAAR pay, when your fingerprints get stolen from mobile shop, printed in transparency sheet and used for withdrawing hard cash ...

The Hindu
“Are you telling me you've started doing GST work for other people when you still haven't finished linking my PAN to Aadhaar and my Aadhaar to bank ...

Deccan Herald
Nevertheless, we have since its inception carefully watched Aadhaar or the UID as per its primary stated objective (even in the legislation) to benefit ...

Economic Times
Linked to a worker's permanent account number (PAN) and Aadhaar, every worker enrolled with the EPFO gets a unique lifelong identity number.

Financial Express
A petitioner has challenged the claims of the Centre over its move of making the Aadhaar Card mandatory for availing benefits of schemes in the ...

The Hans India
The BSNL is intending to conduct special camps in villages to link telephone connections to Aadhaar card number. In urban areas the users can visit ...

The Hindu
Apart from Aadhaar card, and bank passbook, the artistes will have to upload any old identity card if available, photo and Class X certificate. Advisor to ...

The Tribune
... Chandigarh Tribune that his bag contained a laptop, three ATM cards, Rs 12,000 and important documents, including pension and Aadhaar cards.

The New Indian Express
Linking a person's background with his Aadhaar could be further helpful. Installation of CCTV cameras has become an absolute necessity these days.

Free Press Journal
All that you have to do to avail the new facility is to fill in details like your email address, mobile number, Aadhaar and PAN card details and get ...

If you are regularly filing your IT returns, then the assessment order can act as a proof of residence for applying for Aadhaar card or Passport.

Most of those prevented from going ahead are the ones without Aadhaar cards—now the standard proof of identity in these parts.” The above ...