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

Friday, May 18, 2018

13536 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 15th May 2018

Economic Times
New Delhi: Aadhaar card is not mandatory for central government employees to get their pension, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh has ...

Economic Times
The official website boasting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to connect all Indian villages with electricity published several residents' 'Aadhaar' ...

As the marathon battle over Aadhaar reaches its culmination, of which the final hearings alone span 38 days over a 4-month period, the Supreme ...

The Sangai Express
Generation of Aadhaar cards outsourced to Common Service Centres would be cancelled with immediate effect. The Government would issue an ...

Zee Business
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNERA) which takes care of livelihood and securities in rural areas, has seen ...

Times of India
IMPHAL: In a major breakthrough, police have arrested 10 people in connection with a two fake Aadhaar card manufacturing rackets operating from ...

India Today
"So far only 85 per cent of teachers have given their Aadhaar number and we found 80,000 cases in which lecturers were listed as employed with ...

Nagaland Post
Police busted a gang which made fake Aadhaar cards with the arrest of one of its kingpins, later identified as Md Tomba alias Inaocha, from the border ...

Illegal migrants held in Manipur - The Telegraph India

Business Line
The enrolment of Aadhaar has no connection with the banking business and will only lead to the bank personnel being engaged in unproductive ...

A non-domicile voter card linked to the Aadhaar is a way to push the lazy urban voter to exercise his franchise. In less than 24 hours, the ...

Telangana Today
During his three months fellowship period, Kiran Kumar will be working on issues related to Aadhaar and Public Service Delivery (PDS) with focus on ...

The Aadhaar-authenticated OS is expected to drive mass adoption of Government-to-Citizen (G-to-C) services and initiatives for India's one billion ...

Tech Wire Asia
This year, several attacks proved that the Indian government is struggling to keep its database of a billion-plus biometric AADHAAR IDs safe, ...

Speaking about empowerment, the Union Minister also cited the example of Aadhaar, and how it – combined with the growing penetration of low-cost ...

The New Indian Express
He was also seen making a crude defence of Aadhaar, claiming, “We have no problems giving fingerprints and getting naked before white men while ...

The Hindu
Private contractors are expected to design and maintain the database that will be integrated with the Aadhaar database. A Ministry document said the ...

The New Indian Express
... Sai Prasad called his friend Majeed on May 9 and had asked for latter's driving license and Aadhaar card to produce as identity proofs in order to ...

The Hindu
Rules must be framed to make voting mandatory. When people have the wherewithal to obtain an Aadhaar card, passport, ration card and a host of ...

The Telegraph India
Speaking to this correspondent, a senior officer of the state police on Monday said the Bangladeshi nationals were found to have used fake Aadhaar ...

Business Line
Mobile phone penetration was going up, more and more people were accessing the internet on their phones, even in rural areas, and Aadhaar had ...

India Today
"It has gained some prominence with Aadhaar. But if you tell people that their data can be accessed any time, most of them would say, 'so what?'".

India Today
... rights to download or share them online with various stakeholders as and when required and the storage space is linked to the Aadhaar of the user.

The New Indian Express
What he told me were things I didn't really know till then -- hackers, surveillance, data theft, the Aadhaar card issue... I felt it was going to be one of the ...

Now a composite Form 11 serves both purposes, provided you have an active Universal Account Number (UAN) and your Aadhaar is verified for KYC ...