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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

11636 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 25th July 2017

Times of India
NEW DELHI: At a time when a constitution bench of the Supreme Court is hearing the privacy plea in the Aadhaar case, a two-judge bench of the apex ...
Privacy matters far beyond Aadhaar - Economic Times (blog)

Economic Times
In its appraisal of the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17), the Aayog said the Aadhaar platform needs to be broad-based and linked with beneficiary ...

Khaleej Times
According to a manager of the NRI section of State Bank of India (SBI), the government has not exempted Indian expats from the Aadhaar card.

Indian Supreme Court Faces Thorny Privacy Question Over Aadhaar The case was launched in response to the expansion of Aadhaar, India's ...

Times of India
GURUGRAM: A camp to distribute Aadhaar cards among residents of sectors 3, 5 and 6 of Gurgaon was held from 11am to 5pm on Sunday in Sector ...

Times of India
He had to wait for nearly seven hours for updating his date of birth in Aadhaar information at the City Post Office on Monday. This meant he had to take ...

My ongoing battle with Aadhaar has rekindled a vicious dislike for paperwork tigers who wish to order and reorder our lives and livelihood. It leaves ...

Kasmir Monitor
Srinagar, Jul 23: Raising concern over the slow pace of Aadhaar enrollment process, the people have demanded setting up of more Aadhaar centres ...

From its origin to its present mammoth persona, author Shankkar Aiyar's book Aadhaar: A Biometric History Of India's 12-Digit Revolution, takes the ...

Post July 1st anyone who is filing the Income Tax Returns has to link his PAN and Aadhaar as ITRs without PAN are not possible now.

Times of India
District agriculture officer RT Yadav said, “In the first phase, only farmers having Aadhaar cards will get the benefit of the scheme. Farmers having no ...

Deccan Herald
We have told people to share Aadhaar numbers for linking with PAN. But if a person does not have Aadhaar, it is not a problem,” Rajnish Kumar, ...

Times of India
He secured the duplicate Aadhaar cards - one with a Bihar address and another with Kilakarai address - with the help of a Sri Lankan national at ...

The New Indian Express
Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said that with the linking of PAN with Aadhaar the entire era of bogus bank account and holding multiple PAN will ...

The Arunachal Times
Both PRI members have claimed that the government's recent decision to link Aadhaar and bank accounts for most of the welfare schemes is ...

India TV
The Ministry of External Affairs clarified last week that Aadhaar or PAN card besides other documents can also be used to establish proof of birth.

Farmers in Maharashtra can start applying to avail the loan waiver scheme from Monday, however, Aadhaar has been made compulsory for every ...

Business Standard
Referring to opposition of PAN-Aadhaar linkage, he said it is an "effective anti-evasion measure" and will get rid of multiple PAN cards and mismatch ...

Avenue Mail
Jamshedpur, July 24: Aadhaar holders can now get their UID numbers corrected or updated through post offices. Entering into an Memorandum of ...

International Business Times, India Edition
Not having an Aadhaar card or its application number might turn into a difficulty for tax payers with income more than Rs 5 Lakh as they have to file ...

Times Now
Taxpayers boycott Aadhaar; file IT returns manually Description: Section 139AA of the I-T Act has made it compulsory to quote Aadhaar number or the ...

India Today
As per the Finance Act 2017, it is now mandatory to mention your Aadhaar number (12-digit) or 28-digit Aadhaar enrollment number. After registering ...

Government is planning to make the Aadhaar card compulsory for the students who plan on pursuing the online courses in near future. Also, only the ...