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, May 29, 2018

13608 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 28th May 2018

The Wire
Let's examine this taking as a case in point this government's defence of its policy of using Aadhaar as a mandatory biometrics-based identification ...

First, it shows that Aadhaar enrolment has reached near saturation level at 90%. More importantly, the survey found no systematic bias, as claimed in ...

Times of India
PUNE: After arresting 36 Bangladeshi immigrants — found staying illegally in Pune district — on Saturday, the Pune rural police have launched an ...

Business Standard
Manipur Police on Sunday rounded up 98 suspected foreigners with fake Aadhaar cards from the heart of Imphal city during an identification drive, ...

An employee marks her attendance through Aadhaar based System in the Planning Commission in New Delhi. (Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via ...

Their arrest reveals how easy it is for illegal immigrants to get fabricated identity documents. Even they were in possession of PAN and Aadhaar cards.

Dailyaddaa (press release)
New Delhi : Manipur Police on Sunday rounded up 98 suspected foreigners with fake Aadhaar cards from the heart of Imphal city during an ...

The Tribune
The account got matured now in 2018. The post office is asking for her Aadhaar and PAN for clearing the payment but she does not have Aadhaar and ...

Several women don't have an Aadhaar card. If they have Aadhaar then there is no bank account. Some of them don't have ration cards. All these three ...

Financial Express
... Prasad said the troika of 31 crore JanDhan accounts, 121 crore mobiles and biometroc identifier Aadhaar (dubbed JanDan-Aadhaar-Mobile or JAM ...

Deccan Chronicle
Mr Krishank Manne, a Congress leader, said, “When I showed my student ID card, they insisted that I show my Aadhaar card. I was allowed only after ...

Times of India
Biren issued the instructions after cops recently busted two fake Aadhaar card manufacturing rackets in the state and many illegal immigrants, ...

Aadhaar-based sale of foodgrains and fertilizer is only a small step towards reform of the subsidy regime. Similarly, free electricity continues to cause ...

Financial Express
His Aadhaar card and college ID were enough. When Sushant Singh, a trainee at his first job, got an interview call from a Mumbai-based firm, ...

Citizen Matters, Chennai
Requisite documents – Aadhaar cards of the beneficiaries, gas connection bill ... “If it is an address change in Aadhaar card, it takes only seven days.

APN News
Once you do this, you can choose to log into your e-filing account through options such as net banking and Aadhaar-based OTP, instead of just the ...

Payment Week
Using a combination of Open Banking application programming interfaces (APIs) and the recently-minted national identity system known as Aadhaar, ...

If you are applying for an SBI (State Bank of India) credit card, you should know about the documents that you need to submit to be able to procure it.

The Hindu
Access to AOC late on Saturday was made conditional, subject to Aadhaar verification by soldiers on Wellington Road. When Army personnel were ...

The Hindu
“At this stage, I helped her procure Aadhaar and family cards. This case changed my life,” Ms. Senthamarai says. As a basic piece of legal advice, ...

The Indian Express
We have also seen enormous success of Aadhaar as part of the JAM (Jan Dhan-Mobile-Aadhaar) trinity. As of date, there are 30 crore Jan Dhan ...

Business Standard
One of the possible hindrances is the almost mandatory use of Aadhaar as know your customer identifier by NPCI for its domestic platforms. Allowing ...

Times of India
NAVI MUMBAI: The police admitted on Sunday that had the cottage owner not insisted on Aadhaar cards for the 13 Kopar Khairane youths on a picnic ...

Times of India
Passengers complain that conductors do not accept ID proof such as Aadhaar and ration card as proof. “It is unfair to reject ID proof issued by various ...

The New Indian Express
The certificate verification process will be held from May 28 to 30, where the options can be given from May 30 to June 2.

Times of India
... of villages, issuance of neem-coated urea and linking of Jan Dhan accounts with Aadhaar and cellhones helped the poor in the country.