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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

13662 - Jharkhand ‘starvation’ death: Government says woman had Rs 2,375 in bank, did not die due to hunger - Financial Express


The Jharkhand government has rejected the claims of the family of an old woman in Giridih district who allegedly died due to starvation. The BJP government led by Chief Minister Raghubar Das has cited medical and bank records to deny reports and said that the woman had Rs 2,375 in her bank account,

By: FE Online | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2018 10:24 AM

Her family has claimed that “no food was cooked in the house since at least three days before she died”.

The Jharkhand government has rejected the claims of the family of an old woman in Giridih district who allegedly died due to starvation. The BJP government led by Chief Minister Raghubar Das has cited medical and bank records to deny reports and said that the woman had Rs 2,375 in her bank account, according to The Indian Express. “Every death is sad but there should be no politics on it. Before arriving at any conclusion, the facts should be inquired into first. We are all saddened by the death of sister Savitri Devi, but the inquiry report clearly establishes that the death was not due to hunger,” the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) stated.

Officials further said that Devi was suffering from parenchymal haematoma, or bleeding inside the brain. She was even treated at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi.
Following the death, it was reported that the woman did not have a ration card to procure foodgrains. Local officials are yet to ascertain why the 58-year-old’s family did not possess a ration card. Her family has claimed that “no food was cooked in the house since at least three days before she died”. The details of Devi’s bank account were ascertained only after officials updated the passbook after she died, according to the IE report.
Chainpur panchayat mukhiya, Ram Prasad Mahato, said: “Savitri Devi had come to me two-three months ago to ask about her widow pension for which she was eligible in 2014. I checked and realised that her bank account was not linked with her Aadhaar. I got that done. On April 4, Rs 1,800 — pension for three months — was credited into her account. But she never checked her passbook. I came to know that she had that money in her account only after it was updated — after her death.” Mahato has earlier confirmed to PTI that the family of the deceased neither had a ration card nor an old age pension facility.

Villagers found her dead on Sunday. Savitri’s husband had passed away 10 years ago and her two sons have migrated to Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra to earn a living, according to the report. In December last year, 67-year-old Etwariya Devi from Sonpurwa village of Garhwa district died of hunger after her family was unable to procure food after the Aadhaar-enabled point of sales (PoS) machine could not authenticate biometrics of her daughter-in-law.