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

Monday, June 25, 2018

13728 - Social economist Jean Dreze blames Aadhaar based - Indian Express

Dreze has debunked Aadhar’s advantage in the Public Distribution System (PDS) and stressed for a simple smart card system to ensure effective implementation of the food delivery mechanism.

Published: 22nd June 2018 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd June 2018 08:00 AM
Express News Service

RANCHI: Social economist Jean Dreze has debunked Aadhar’s advantage in the Public Distribution System (PDS) and stressed for a simple smart card system to ensure effective implementation of the food delivery mechanism.

Presenting a report prepared by the Right to Food (RTF) campaign activists on three suspected starvation deaths at Giridih, Chatra and Ramgarh, Drèze said none of the victims would have died of starvation if the National Food Security Act (NFSA) was implemented effectively.

"The state government has not accepted even one of these starvation deaths. Instead, they are trying to defame the Right to Food activists by terming their report as fake. This is not new and is being continued since the last two years for which we had also warned the government that Aadhar-based authentication has been troubling the people,” he said. "Out of the 12 cases of starvation deaths identified by us, seven are related to Aadhar in one way or another, be it Simdega, Garhwa or Giridih."
Moreover, all these cases were related to Dalits or tribals where they did not had food to eat or money to buy them, he said. “If they had either of it, they wouldn’t have died of hunger.”
"As far as the NFSA provisions are to be considered, eligibility criteria for issuing ration card to a household has been clearly defined under which families of all those people died of starvation during the last few months, automatically qualify for getting a ration card.”

It is the government’ responsibility to issue ration card at least to those who are eligible for it, he added.
"Hence, we have been pressing to make ration card universal for everyone, which will not affect much to the exchequer. If it is made universal, no one will have to sleep empty stomach in the state."

As 86 per cent of the population is already covered under the NFSA, the government will have to spend less than 1 per cent of the state budget for covering the remaining, Dreze added.

RTF activists claimed that despite at least 12 starvation deaths, the Jharkhand government has denied hunger resulted in these deaths and absolved itself of any blame.

"Instead, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Saryu Roy has made a series of fallacious claims and accusations against activists who have been highlighting the gross violations of right to food in Jharkhand," said RTF activist Swati Narayan.