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 scholar Usha Ramanathan describes 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


Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.

1. There is no feasibility study of the project]

2. The project was approved in haste

3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security

4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose

5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project


What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.

Friday, July 21, 2017

11617 - Fake caller held for threatening to kill activist Shabnam Hashmi - Hindustan Times

Hashmi lodged a police complaint alleging that the man called her colleague Mubina and told her that under a new law — Ghero and Maaro — the government of India has directed the Delhi Police to identify people who do not possess a valid Aadhar card and shoot them on sight.
DELHI Updated: Jul 19, 2017 23:40 Ist

HT Correspondent 
Hindustan Times

Activist Shabnam Hashmi had lodged a police complaint on July 14 that a man who claimed to be a police officer threatened to kill her and told her that people who don’t posssess Aadhar cards will be shot dead.(HT Photo)

The police on Wednesday arrested a 41-year-old man for allegedly posing as a Delhi Police sub inspector and threatening to shoot Shabnam Hashmi, a social activist.

The caller threatened to kill Hashmi, who runs an NGO named Pehchan, in an encounter for not possessing a valid Aadhar card.

According to the police, accused Harender Malik, used to get drunk and make random calls to women. He first tried engaging them in a conversation and even approached them for friendship but when the women used to turn down the offer, he used to get angry and hurl abuses at them threatening to kill them in an encounter.

In many cases when the women threatened to report him to the police, he used to tell them that he was a Delhi Police personnel with good contacts.

The matter came to fore on July 14, when Hashmi lodged a police complaint alleging that the man called her colleague Mubina and told her that under a new law — Ghero and Maaro — the government of India has directed the Delhi Police to identify people who do not possess a valid Aadhar card and shoot them on sight. Scared, Mubina shared the instance with Hashmi who then called the man to confront him.

“When Hashmi called him, the man used inappropriate language and abused her. He used filthy words to address her colleague as well. He told Hashmi that he was a sub inspector posted in Lajpat Nagar who has been given orders to shoot the people who do not have a valid Aadhar card. He also threatened to kill Hashmi. She also alleged that the man was drunk at that time,” DCP southeast Romil Baaniya said. He added, “Following Hashmi’s complaint, a case was registered and the phone number through which the calls were received was put on surveillance.”

The police put three different teams to trace the man and he was finally apprehended from his residence at Ghaziabad in UP. His phone along with the SIM card that he used to make those calls was also seized.

Police said that he had been making such calls since January. “During questioning, he confessed to have made such calls to women. He is unmarried and is suffering from polio. He worked as a mechanic of Japanese fitting machines at a company. He said he was randomly called women with an intention to make a conversation but used to get angry when they turned down his offer,” a senior police officer said.

The SIM card that he used to make those calls was also found to be issued in his employer’s name.