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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

13441 - AG: Aadhaar Bill rightly categorised as Money Bill - TNN

Dhananjay Mahapatra | TNN | May 3, 2018, 03:16 IST

  • "The Bill was rightly categorised as ‘Money Bill” under Article 110(1) (c),(d)(e) and (f) of the Constitution," AG said
  • The AG said a law cannot be complete without providing for ancillary issues to achieve the objective behind spending huge sums from the consolidated fund
NEW DELHI": The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that provisions of Article 110 of the Constitution were adhered to while categorising Aadhaar as a Money Bill, which had enabled the NDA government to avoid the legislation being scuttled in Rajya Sabha where it lacked a majority. 

With Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other. Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill being termed as a Money Bill by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, its passage in the lower House cleared the way for its coming into force as amendments proposed by Rajya Sabha became advisory in nature. Appearing for Congress MP Jairam Ramesh, who had questioned categorisation of Aadhaar as a Money Bill, former finance minister P Chidamabaram had argued that this was a trick played by the NDA government to rob Rajya Sabha and the President from having a say on the Bill and make amendments to strengthen it. 

Attorney general K K Venugopal said since the Centre was to spend Rs 55,000 crore from the Consolidated Fund of India for providing subsidies, benefits and services to a targeted section of population, the Bill was rightly categorised as ‘Money Bill” under Article 110(1) (c),(d)(e) and (f) of the Constitution.

However, a bench of CJI Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan drew the AG’s attention to the definition of ‘Money Bill” in Article 110(1) which said the Bill must contain “only provisions dealing with all or any of the following matters”. The bench said the Aadhaar Act, apart from containing the reference to the source of funds from the CFI, had a host of provisions on ancillary issues.

Then why did you enforce aadhar for buying sim cards?
Why this flip flop all the time?
Asharaf Syedali

The AG said a law cannot be complete without providing for ancillary issues to achieve the objective behind spending huge sums from the consolidated fund. Appearing for UIDAI and Centre, advocate Zoheb Hossain said linking Aadhaar with PAN has helped authorities detect Rs 33,000 crore, which would have otherwise gone down as an undisclosed amount.

“Apart from this additional benefit, the Aadhaar linkage with PAN has helped the authorities to track down shell companies with dummy directors, who were playing havoc with banking system,” he said. He said, “No person shall be tracked or profiled through use of Aadhaar. Sharing or disclosing Aadhaar data is a punishable offence and that requesting agencies cannot store transaction that followed authentication through Aadhaar.” Arguments by AG would continue on Thursday.