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

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

14256 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 10th September 2019

MeitY pings UIDAI on Aadhaar-social media linking

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has written to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) — which issues a unique ...

IT Ministry Asks For UIDAI's Opinion on Linking Of Aadhaar With Social Media Accounts
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has written to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) seeking its opinion on ...

India Post Payments Bank rolls out Aadhaar Enabled Payment System service
India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has rolled out Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AePS) services on September 9. With AePS services, individuals ...

India Post Payments Bank announces rollout of Aadhaar Enabled Payment Services
United News of India
New Delhi, Sep 9 (UNI) Minister for Communications, Electronics & IT and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday announced the rollout of ...

India Post Payments Bank unveils Aadhaar-linked service - The Rahnuma Daily (press release)

Aadhaar-ration card linking scares farmers in Odisha
The New Indian Express
JAGATSINGHPUR: The state government directive for submission of ration cards by linking it with Aadhaar during online registration under paddy ...

Aadhaar-Social Media Accounts Linkage May Expose Sensitive Information of Users: Ministry of ...
The Logical Indian
The Ministry of Electronics and IT(MeitY) has raised concerns over the linking of Aadhar cards with the social media accounts of the users. MeitY has ...

Finance Ministry's FinTech report bats for liberalising PPI systems and video KYC
It noted that fintech firms were “adversely affected” by the Supreme Court's 2018 Aadhaar judgement which prevented them from doing online KYC ...

ETtech Top 5: Paytm's mounting losses, Vikram lander 'tilted' & more
The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has written to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) — which issues a unique Aadhaar number ...

Andhra Pradesh transport department invites applications from auto/taxi drivers
The New Indian Express
The applicant should have an Aadhaar card, BPL/white ration card and while filing the application, the vehicle shall be in the possession of the owner.

Andhra Pradesh: Annual aid of Rs 10000 for BPL drivers
Times of India
The government asked all eligible persons to approach village or ward secretaries for linking of Aadhaar with driving and vehicle licence and open an ...

NRC's political googly: Assam's NRC mess of unintended consequences changes politics as usual ...
Times of India (blog)
Imagine if you and your family have lived in your town for decades and you possess a legitimate Indian passport, Aadhaar card or ration card. Yet, if ...

Manipur revives NRC bid - Times of India

NRC only a list, can be changed: RSS
Telegraph India
... who are settled in Assam and over the years they have managed to secure documents like ration cards, voter cards and Aadhaar cards…. This has ...

New traffic rules: How to avoid paying fine if you forget driving licence
Linked to both Aadhaar card and cellphone numbers, DigiLocker eliminates the use of physical documents as part of the government's Digital India ...

National Health Stack: FICCI wants EHR Standards compliance, 'Right to Forget', e-prescriptions
... at all times; Aadhaar: It should be ensured that an individual's problems related to Aadhaar does not become a barrier to access essential services ...

Odisha Congress begins membership drive from September
The New Indian Express
He, however, said Odisha Congress will not have provision for Aadhaar linking of new members. “New members will be asked to link their voter ...

10 days of Motor Vehicles Act | Scramble for licence, touts make a killing
India Today
'Agents' only want money, Aadhaar and PAN details. "You just give us these and your work will be done," said Joy, who operates in South Delhi's RK ...

Odisha extends farmers' registration till September 17 for Kharif paddy procurement
The New Indian Express
... fixed on September 10, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister RP Swain said. READ| Aadhaar-ration card linking scares farmers in Odisha.

West Bengal: Taxman, MP file cyber fraud complaints
Times of India
“The MP was asked to deliver original bank papers and Aadhaar card. The case was recorded on the basis of the complaint lodged by him,” the FIR ...

Suspect had sold her kidney for Rs 2.50 lakh
The Tribune
The suspects had also made a fake Aadhaar card mentioning Thoi as Bimal's wife. The kingpin had demanded Rs 2 lakh advance from the recipient ...

Born in Pakistan, son of Indian finally to get passport
Times of India
Malek, who possesses all documents that an Indian citizen is entitled to, including an Aadhaar card, has been desperately trying for an Indian passport ...

Congress objects to North MCD renaming 'Gandhi Ashram Road' in Narela
Hindustan Times
That is how the road came to be called 'Gandhi Ashram Marg' and it is mentioned as such in the old sign boards of the MCD and Aadhaar Cards of ...

Govt to procure 12L MT apples this season: J&K Chief Secy
Daily Pioneer
... the scheme and also start the process of their registration, collecting their Aadhaar and Bank Account details so that after procurement of the apple, ...

Rly ticket checker misbehaves with traveller, imposes heavy fine
Times of India
The ticket checker also allegedly abused him took the complainant's Aadhaar card without his permission and started blackmailing him by claiming ...

Man's body found in Greater Noida
The Indian Express
Police also found an Aadhaar card in his possession, which did not belong to him. A used condom found with the body has been sent for forensic ...

36 booked for cheating, forgery
Times of India
Nashik: As many as 36 people have been booked by Nashik Road police for allegedly forging her documents and presenting her as the director of a ...

''Maadathy- an Unfairy Tale'' to premiere at Busan film festival
Outlook India
The film will be screened under the ''A Window on Asian Cinema'' segment, which also features Indian movies Viineet Kumar Singh-starrer "Aadhaar", ...

13 farm schemes, loan waiver, SMART project get state nod
Hindustan Times
“Since the information is linked with the Aadhaar number, the verification of the farmers becomes easier. We are also planning to integrate the ...

MP government studies plan on new photo ID for citizens
The Indian Express
They will need just one card and it will be linked to their Aadhaar card. Such a concept has not been implemented anywhere in the country.

SAT Test October 2019: Step-by-step guide for registration
Stock News Brief
Be sure of the fact that the name you enter is the same name and information as mentioned on your photo ID (a valid passport or Aadhaar card); Make ...

AP Govt Scheme Rs 10000 For Auto/Taxi Drivers Application, Eligibility
Each applicant shall have an Aadhaar card. 6. The owner must possess BPL/white ration Card. 7. At the time of application, the vehicle shall be in the ...