Aadhaar

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

Saturday, June 2, 2018

13633 - ‘Govt. is committed to independent judiciary’ - The Hindu

‘Govt. is committed to independent judiciary’

STAFF REPORTER
HYDERABAD, MAY 31, 2018 23:09 IST


Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad speaking on the 48 Months of Transforming India in Hyderabad on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: K.V.S. GIRI

Party leaders had fought Emergency, recalls Ravi Shankar Prasad Union Minister for Law and Justice and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said that the Centre is steadfast in its commitment to an independent judiciary.

Mr. Prasad was addressing a well attended event on the 48 Months of Transforming India and the Modi government.
“I don’t want to make a larger comment on the judiciary before I conclude, except to say one thing: our government’s commitment for a free judiciary is impeccable and complete,” he said.

He said that several leaders like him had ‘suffered for the cause of an independent judiciary’ as they had fought against the Emergency for individual freedoms, press freedom and the independence of judiciary. As many as 126 judges were appointed in 2016, 117 in 2017 and 40 in 2018.
Digital profile

Touching upon Aadhaar, Mr. Prasad said that it is meant to ‘clean the system’ and has enabled the saving of taxpayer’s money. Comparing the approach to Aadhaar of the United Progressive Alliance and the National Democratic Alliance, he said that former Prime Minister’s Aadhaar was niradhaar while that of the Modi government is backed by Parliament and regulations of privacy and secrecy.

Mr. Prasad said that the digital profile of the country has improved significantly and pointed out that mobile phone penetration is the equivalent of population of some European countries. He said that there are as many as 121 crore mobile phones in the country out of which 45 crore are smartphones.
People’s movement

Describing Swachh Bharat as a people’s movement, he said that while 6.25 crore toilets were constructed from 1947 to 2014, in the last four years alone 7.25 crore toilets were constructed.

Touching upon foreign policy initiatives, Mr. Prasad said that India is being recognised as an emerging global power and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being acknowledged as a global leader.