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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

11549 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 26th June 2017

The Wire
The host of mandatory Aadhaar notifications state that 'proof of possession' or 'authentication' will suffice to access the required subsidy or service.
Aadhaar card not valid for entering Nepal, says India - Online Khabar (English) (satire) (blog)

Biometrics identification enabled by Aadhaar proves the identity of the PAN holder and helps tax authorities to crack cases of multiple PANs held by ...

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has notified making Aadhaar card details compulsory for those seeking subsidy on e-rickshaws registered in the ...

Times Now
New Delhi: Indians travelling to Nepal or Bhutan cannot use Aadhaar as a valid identification document, the Union Home Ministry has said.

The New Indian Express
CHENNAI: Want a new mobile SIM card? Produce your Aadhaar card copy as proof, else you won't get it. Ditto shifting your connection from prepaid to ...

Bangalore Mirror
Henceforth, youngsters enrolling themselves in the National Cadet Corps (NCC) will have to furnish their Aadhaar number, mobile number and also ...

The Northlines
NEW DELHI: Aadhaar is not a valid identification document for Indians travelling to Nepal and Bhutan, the Union home ministry has said. Indians can ...

The Hindu
The Aadhaar numbers are sought from applicants for the purpose of better implementation of our schemes and avoid duplication.” He adds that the ...

Citizens are being pushed to link their 12-digit Aadhaar number, which captures fingerprints and iris scans, to everything from school enrollments to air ...
A flimsy foundation - Breakingviews

To get a sense of how open APIs can bring in change, we can look at the government's open API policy for five programmes: Aadhaar, eKYC, eSign, ...

Hindu Business Line
Quoting of Aadhaar has been made mandatory. In case an individual has not received an Aadhaar card but applied for the same, he or she has to give ...

The Hindu
Invariably, such people do not have email accounts and are not carrying their Aadhaar card. We create email accounts for them, ask them to get their ...

The Hindu
To provide ration cards and to sensitise people about linking Aadhaar cards with ration cards, the district administration has decided to take up a ...

Hindu Business Line
Aadhaar is an issue of prestige for the Modi government. Still, it came as a surprise when the Government in its latest reshuffle of the bureaucracy ...

In India, given the deep penetration of cellphones and the unique identification (Aadhaar) system, blockchain could be a practical and feasible tool to ...

Bansal said he was astonished to read that she had taken the credit for Aadhaar (UID) which was launched during his tenure as an MP. He claimed ...

One's aadhaar card doubles in as her debit card when it comes to purchase of goods and services by those untouched by the credit card or debit card ...

Star of Mysore
He called upon the gathering to have a transparency in auctioning assets and said that things like JAM (Jandhan, Aadhaar and Mobile) are very ...

The Hindu
Submitting copies of documents such as Pan Card, Aadhaar, voters ID or driving licence is a mandatory identification requirement while availing of ...

Firstpost (satire)
Arun Jaitley quipped “if Rajini plays 14 roles, he should get as many Aadhaar cards and pay tax in each of them”. Former cricket captain Kapil Dev ...

Telangana Today
He also responded to the Aadhaar card issue at Vemulawada temple. Shrine authorities made it mandatory to produce Aadhaar card for book rooms ...

Eastern Mirror
New Delhi, June 25 (PTI): Aadhaar is not a valid identification document for Indians travelling to Nepal and Bhutan, the Union home ministry has said.

If the Supreme Court bent over backwards to please Indira, it is doing something similar today, too, especially in Aadhaar related judgements.

Daily Excelsior
Sushma Swaraj has announced than applicants can now submit their ration card as proof of identity instead of PAN or Aadhaar which the people in ...

India Today
New Delhi: Aadhaar is not a valid identification document for Indians travelling to Nepal and Bhutan, the Union home ministry says. By Ashwini ...

Financial Express
This is unfortunate given the high cost and the leakages, given the poor seeding of ration cards with Aadhaar in many states or the lack of PoS ...

Daily Pioneer
Aadhaar card is mandatory for this purpose. A circular has been issued from the Directorate of Horticulture Naya Raipur, to this effect. The Department ...