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

13590 - NDA has not kept manifesto promises, says civil society platform - The Hindu

NEW DELHI, MAY 23, 2018 00:25 IST

As the NDA enters the last year of its current term, about 4,000 civil society organisations under the platform of Wada Na Toda Abhiyan found the government falling short, not only in its delivery of its manifesto promises, but in its defence of constitutional promises.

The platform’s citizens report on four years of the NDA government, titled “Promises and Reality” and released on Tuesday, takes stock of the government’s performance in various sectors. It says the government has not lived up to its promises in health and education, stating that only 9.4% of schools are compliant with the Right To Education Act, while the child health budget is less than 2% of GDP. The report says employment, investment and manufacturing engagement have all fallen far short of manifesto promises.

The report also points to gaps in design and planning for schemes. For example, the number of consumers under the Ujwala scheme to provide gas connections to households have gone up, indicating that women have moved away from unhealthy, polluting chulhas. However, the report finds that the number of cylinders have not actually gone up, as many families could not afford to buy a second cylinder once their first free cylinder ran out and have been forced to return to their chulhas even while they supposedly have a gas connection.

One glaring gap in the report is the lack of a separate section on agriculture although it is mentioned in passing in the budget and economy sections.

“The report is looking at the government’s promises through the lens of marginalised and vulnerable communities, and we find that many of them are being exploited in various ways,” said Annie Namala, convenor of the group. She pointed to environmental laws and guidelines which seem to have been diluted to favour the ease of doing business over the rights of local communities, and an assault against citizens rights through a weakening of laws regarding Right to Information, whistleblowers and Lokpal, alongside an aggressive promotion of Aadhaar.

“These are not just manifesto promises, these are constitutional promises that we need to hold this government accountable to,” said former convenor Amitabh Behar.

Opposition political parties present at the report release urged civil society to go beyond talking about policy accountability and move to political mobilisation and education of voters. “Civil society has a responsibility to educate voters, and not let money steamroll elections as we have seen in some recent polls,” said All India Congress joint secretary Krishna Allavaru.

“It is not enough to just write reports, you must also convince the people,” said CPI (M) member of Parliament Hannan Mollah.

In a bid to reach a wider audience, Wada Na Todo is also releasing mobile-friendly video clips on the various sectors and themes covered in the report.