In 2009, I became extremely concerned with the concept of Unique Identity for various reasons. Connected with many like minded highly educated people who were all concerned.
On 18th May 2010, I started this Blog to capture anything and everything I came across on the topic. This blog with its million hits is a testament to my concerns about loss of privacy and fear of the ID being misused and possible Criminal activities it could lead to.
In 2017 the Supreme Court of India gave its verdict after one of the longest hearings on any issue. I did my bit and appealed to the Supreme Court Judges too through an On Line Petition.
In 2019 the Aadhaar Legislation has been revised and passed by the two houses of the Parliament of India making it Legal. I am no Legal Eagle so my Opinion carries no weight except with people opposed to the very concept.
In 2019, this Blog now just captures on a Daily Basis list of Articles Published on anything to do with Aadhaar as obtained from Daily Google Searches and nothing more. Cannot burn the midnight candle any longer.
"In Matters of Conscience, the Law of Majority has no place"- Mahatma Gandhi
Ram Krishnaswamy
Sydney, Australia.


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

Sunday, May 12, 2019

14131 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 11th May 2019

Aadhaar address change online: UIDAI launches new service to update address of family members

Under a new facility to update address online, the UIDAI has allowed Aadhaar holders to use their address for updating address of their family ...

'Dissent on Aadhaar' is essential reading for believers and sceptics alike
Business Standard
Aadhaar is about to be a decade old. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) came up in 2009 under the Planning Commission. Ever since ...

Aadhaar services that you can avail via SMS
Economic Times
This is especially useful for those Aadhaar card holders who do not have access to the Internet, UIDAI's website or m-Aadhaar app. Even those with ...

Aadhaar address update: Here's how to check status online
Zee Business
You can update your Aadhaar address online. For this, you need to fill out an application form either online or at an enrollment centre. Once the ...

EPFO offers online facility to withdraw PF balance
In most withdrawal cases, only your Aadhaar, bank account details and PAN card number is required, and no other document is needed to make the ...

The Legality And Admissibility Of Electronic Signatures In The Modern World– A Look At The Laws ...
Live Law
This, in part, is due to the Government's decision to focus on enabling electronic transactions using Aadhaar, the unique identification number issued ...

Justice Chandrachud Being The Lit Judge That He Is
ED Times (blog)
The Aadhaar Act provides targeted delivery of subsidies and benefits to individuals residing in India by assigning them unique identity numbers, called ...

Doctor held for illegal kidney transplantation
The Hans India
... Ayurveda doctor acted as a middlemen for the transplantation carried out by the city-based Sradda Hospital last year using tampered Aadhaar card ...

PM farmers' aid plan lags in Maharashtra
Times of India
It is a direct benefit scheme, and to receive the funds, farmers have to submit details like name, sex, Aadhaar number, bank account and NEFT or IFSC ...

How to deposit money online in post office recurring deposit (RD) account
The next page requires you to enter your Aadhaar number. 5. Once you sign up, enter your other credentials including a phone number on the main ...

Families along Mambalam Canal await resettlement
The Hindu
They have Aadhaar cards, voter IDs and ration cards. Most of them use hooks to steal power for their houses. A few years ago, over 150 families were ...

Twitter erupts after Time magazine calls Modi 'India's Divider in Chief'
Telegraph India
... the country's new infrastructure, expansion of the Aadhaar biometric identification system that began under the previous Congress-led government.

MKU constituent colleges to follow counselling process
The Hindu
Students are expected to carry their transfer certificate, conduct certificate, mark sheets of Class 11 and 12, community certificate and Aadhaar card for ...

BCCI ethics officer devises mechanism for complainants
... G) Telephone (Landline) No., H) Identity and the address Proof of the Complainant (any one - AadhaarCard, Driving License, Passport or Voter id).

CBSE DigiLocker: Steps to register & download Class 10 th & 12 th marksheets
In order to access the documents, students will need to register themselves on DigiLocker either through a phone number or their Aadhaar number.

7-year-old boy runs away from 'mother' to avoid a life of begging
Pune Mirror
The story involving Suresh Anil Jadhav (7) began on March 21 this year, when the boy was found lost and wandering, and admitted to the Aadhaar ...

Shaadi Mubarak Scheme: Tough conditions create difficulties for applicants
The Siasat Daily
Mr. Masood further told that when Qazi performs Nikah, he accepts the entries of Aadhaar Card as the proof of age and he does not insist on any other ...

One slum one rehabilitation apartment is state's new policy
Free Press Journal
... have been asked to follow strict compliance in maintaining records by taking slum dwellers' Aadhaar card and individual photograph data as identity ...

Income Tax Alert: ITR-2 & 3 available in Portal for E-filing (press release)
From this year onwards, the quoting of aadhaar with the income tax return is mandatory for e-filing after the latest Supreme Court verdict wherein the ...

digital health locker new government plan get your medical record anytime, anywhere
Zee Business
... available to people for storing important documents like academic mark sheets, driving licence, PAN, Aadhaar and other important documents.

FIR by CBI finally in Rs 250-cr HP school scholarship scam
The Tribune
Scholarships of thousands of students were transferred to bank accounts connected to a few mobile numbers, and not linked to Aadhaar. A preliminary ...

CBSE DigiLocker: How to register and download 10th and 12th marksheets
The Indian Express
Students require either a phone number or their Aadhaar number to register on DigiLocker in order to access their documents which then can be ...

Four fishermen use one envelope to write home from Pakistan prison
The New Indian Express
Although the family members sent photostat copies of the documents such as Aadhaar cards, ration cards, passport and passport size photos thrice, ...

Kidney racket to the fore in Vizag, nephrologist held
The New Indian Express
To facilitate the illegal kidney transplantation, the racketeers created a fake Aadhaar ID of the donor and changed his name to VS Parathasaradhi, ...

Database with personal information of over 275 million Indians hijacked: Report
The database contained customers' names, phone numbers, addresses, PAN numbers and Aadhaar IDs. He said that most of the data was encrypted ...