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 25, 2018

13573 - ‘Illegal conversion’ through AADHAAR - Herald Goa

19 MAY 2018
05:03AM IST

The lady with two Aadhaar cards may have opened up a Pandora’s box, as to how she effortlessly could lay her hands on two ‘identity’ cards with different names and faiths, with the same photograph. Questions must be raised as to who helped her and whether this could be a racket waiting to be unearthed. Obviously, there is more than what meets the eye and officials concerned must take a serious note and possibly probe the matter, for it is not only for the data safety of the individual, but also for social security. NESHWIN ALMEIDA believes the matter needs to be probed, unless it is a case of sheer negligence

While the parish priest, the parishioners and all those who apprehended the lady with two Aadhaar cards and a bunch of scooter keys, may have eventually forgiven the woman on humanitarian grounds, considering the ‘thief’ had two minor children, the question remains why no probe was initiated by the Cuncolim police on how she managed to be in possession of two Aadhaar cards with different names.

For those who claim it to be a minor issue, the security angle should be considered, as those with malafide intentions could harm the society and even the country, if procuring dual or even more Aadhaar cards by one person was not such a difficult affair.

It may be brought to light that a fortnight ago a lady thief was caught red-handed by locals while breaking open the storage space under the seat of scooters parked by devotees outside Our Lady of Hope Church, Chinchinim, knowing that most that attend church service keep their cash and valuables there, before entering the church.

What made the case appear like no other witnessed in the area was not the fact that the lady in question was found in possession of a bunch of scooter keys, but the fact that she was apprehended with two different Aadhaar cards, with two different names, but bearing her photograph on both.

Despite a hue and cry being made for possessing two Aadhaar cards – one with a name of person belonging to one faith and the other with a name from another faith, of the same person, Cuncolim police have failed to register an FIR, nor have initiated an investigation on how she could have dual Aadhaar cards, that too with different names.

A random investigation in such cases will reveal that the Delhi police had filed the first FIR in the country and are investigating a similar situation in March 2017, wherein a local was arrested in Delhi for holding two Aadhaar cards in one name and bio-metrics.

The modus operandi in the incident at Chinchinim too was similar. Locals recovered two Aadhaar cards from the woman, where her name appeared as Amreen Shaikh in one Aadhaar card and Akshata Vaibhav Naik on the other, when she was caught red-handed stealing from scooters parked outside the Chinchinim church.

“Both the Aadhaar cards had registration number 3893 5437 1462 and it’s not really a case of two Aadhaar cards in the same or biometrics, but rather one card with two different details. But the locals backed out from filing any FIR against the lady as she had two small children and was apparently pardoned by the mob, leaving us to ignore the matter,” explains Cuncolim PI Harish Madkaiker, who elaborately defended as to why no FIR was filed or any probe initiated.

Similarly, Fr Antonio Costa, parish priest of Chinchinim, explained that the parishioners and villagers did not file a case only because they did not want to communalise the matter, as the lady was from a different religion and also because she had children below five years of age.

“The problem here is that of identify. People often make changes post marriage or update details based on changes on another identity document. In such a scenario people are left with two Aadhaar copies with different details. But the most-recent updated as per the date of issue will be the one that can be authenticated for official identity purpose. There needs to be a system to cancel the previously issued Aadhaar card or we should demand the old one and officially destroy it which is not currently done as it can be misused. However, for official purpose the government database will accept only the last issued copy,” explains Harish Amonkar, UID Aadhaar in-charge for Goa centre.

“Even worse is the fact that the Goa government is yet to make amendments to identity proof for address and many departments still do not use or accept Aadhaar card, especially at Hospicio or even the transport department for vehicle licenses or driving licenses, as there is misuse of documents like election card and license, which are devoid bio-metrics,” Minaks Naik, an agent who facilitates issuing driving licenses at Margao, pointed out.