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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

11569 - Aadhaar Articles dated 2nd July 2017

Economic Times
The Income Tax Department has introduced a one-page form for taxpayers to manually apply for linking their Aadhaar with Permanent Account ...

The Indian Express
Hemla tells them they need to make Aadhaar cards too, for if they don't, beginning July 1, they will get no ration if their Aadhaar and ration cards are ...

Times of India
CHENNAI: People in the state will soon need Aadhaar cards to avail of healthcare under the Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance ...

The Hindu
Aadhaar updating facilities will be made available in Chennai GPO, Anna Road HPO, head offices in T.Nagar, Mylapore, St.Thomas Mount, Park Town ...

Times of India
Jaipur: As groups of people gathered in different cities to mull over the widening scope of Aadhaar, People's Union for Civil Liberties organized a ...

Times of India
Pune: In order to achieve 100% Aadhaar coverage in the district, the administration is awaiting clearance from the state information technology ...

The Indian Express
Initially, the court suggested that the petitioner, John Abrahim, a resident of Andheri, submit the Aadhaar card as required under various recent ...

Kasmir Monitor
Srinagar, June 30: While the government has made Aadhaar mandatory for most services, many people in Kashmir Valley are still stuck in the ...

Business Standard (press release) (registration) (blog)
Rajendran Narayanan Agantuk (The Stranger) was Satyajit Ray's last film. The film revolves around the return of an old man, Manomohan Mitra, ...

Aadhaar cards were introduced to provide unique identity to people and eliminate "duplicates" and "ghosts". But, what if a ghost applies for your ...

India TV
From July 1, 2017 onwards every person eligible to obtain Aadhaar must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar enrolment ID number for filing ...

Deccan Herald
The department of Posts in co-ordination with the Unique Identification Authority of India has introduced Aadhaar updating service through post offices.

Live Law
Supreme Court Registry has issued a notice on Saturday requesting Advocates-On-Record (AORs) to register themselves on the new Website of ...

Civil society-supported protests rocked the country on Friday against citizens being allegedly forced to get services through aadhaar. Protesters ...

Deccan Chronicle
It's another visible indication of just how serious the Centre is about making Aadhaar biometric identity number mandatory, a sceptical Supreme Court ...

The New Indian Express
Aadhaar data came in handy for the police in zeroing in on the culprits. The police, after checking the data of those who availed accommodation on ...

Economic Times
... domain while 5.2 crore workers are already on the Aadhaar-based payment system (ABPS) and over 9 crore workers have seeded their Aadhaar ...