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

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

13643 - The paradigm is shifting and India’s Tech DNA is becoming nationalistic - Your ZStory


Sauvik Banerjjee     posted on 1st June 2018

India is undergoing an entrepreneurial transformation with startup programmes gaining in popularity, and the government leading from the front.

Skype (2003), Spotify (2006), and Candy Crush (2016) changed the world in their own way. These apps were just a few of the numerous technology products that came out of Sweden, more precisely from Stockholm. What transformed Sweden from a country not known for technology to one of the top three tech regions in the world? Was it the fact that Sweden is known for its social safety net and wealth equality? Was it the confidence, security, safety, and support from an innovation-led government with a strong belief in futurism? Arguably, Sweden has seen the highest impact of technationalism where innovation for better health and living of every citizen is ingrained in the country’s DNA. The country leads the world in investment in science and technology. An enviable 4.27 per cent of its GDP is committed to research and development, which is well above the European Union average.

India’s technationalism: services driven

Technology services in India have grown from zero to a global industry comprising two major components: IT services and Business Process Outsourcing. The sector has increased its contribution to India's GDP from 1.2 percent in 1998 to 7.5 percent in 2012.

According to NASSCOM, the sector aggregated revenues of US$160 billion in 2017, with export revenue standing at US$99 billion and domestic revenue at US$48 billion, growing by over 13 percent. The US accounts for more than 60 per cent of Indian IT exports.

When it comes to financial technology products, the only global fintech product has been Finacle, the core banking product developed by Infosys and launched in 2000 after developing and rebranding its Bancs2000 software. Finacle has managed to make inroads globally but, till 2014, India did not have another global tech product other than a few like BYJU’s and Zomato.
Targeting the 40 percent centennial population, BYJU’s was among the first tech products that paved the way for change in Indian education when it was launched in 2008. A paradigm shift from textbook learning to interactive visual learning, BYJU is one of the few Indian consumer startups that has extended its reach beyond India and gone global, particularly with the 2017 acquisition of TutorVista.

Zomato, a restaurant guide and food on-demand service, established itself against American rivals like Yelp and Foursquare with the acquisition of Urbanspoon for an all-cash $50 million deal to enter the US, Canada, and Australia.

The paradigm shift in India’s technationalism

India’s digital technology nationalism story is actually just five years old. But in these last five years, the industry has seen a complete 360-degree shift with Jio, a global technology telecom offering catering to over 330 million users. Tata CLiQ, a first-of-its-kind phygital marketplace combines online shopping with the offline store experience, to serve over one million customers. These have come out of traditional Indian conglomerates who have been leading the growth of Indian industry over the years! We have also seen the ecommerce space and the e-wallet industry forging their growth paths with the likes of Indian platforms Flipkart and PayTM catering to over 1 billion Indians. At the same time, the likes of ZOHO, MSD and CLEVERTAP are taking over the online digital marketing technology product space and spreading their wings across the globe.

India is undergoing an entrepreneurial transformation with startup programmes like Startup India and Connect India making inroads into the psyche of India’s millennial community. Today global and national investors are backing their unicorns.
But the greatest impact will come from the government walking the talk and leading from the front. UPI, IMPS, BHIM, Aadhaar, and GST are set to transform the lives of 1.4 billion Indians and while stabilisation may take time, these initiatives - along with the open stack programmes being worked on by the government - promise to lead the country into a tech revolution.
The tech DNA of the country is being driven by the government, making one realise that true tech nationalism is making inroads into the Indian psyche.

A new horizon

India’s GDP is growing and with technology driving the country, it is only a matter of time that health, standard of life, safety, and security will show improvement. Against the earlier estimate of 269 million people living below the poverty line, according to government data, India now has 172 million, although the World Bank has revised the line upwards.
The march has commenced and soon this young country with 1.4 billion people will evolve into a global technology leader by sheer transformation in attitude and global thinking. Here’s to the next decade of India’s technology nationalism!

Sauvik Banerjjee is CTO of Tata CLiQ, and Vice President of Digital Initiatives and Advisory to Group COs at  Tata Industries.


(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of YourStory.)