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, October 9, 2019

14282 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 8th October 2019

Law Min may use Aadhaar to clean up electoral rolls

Deccan Herald
The Law Ministry is learnt to be considering an Election Commission proposal to give it statutory backing to collect Aadhaar number of new applicants

UIDAI: How to download e-Aadhaar? Check simple steps here
Zee Business
Aadhaar Card Download: The Government of India has introduced various public welfare schemes ranging from farmers to businessmen. Now, there ...

Now, Law Ministry Considering EC Proposal to Collect Aadhaar Numbers of Voters
The Wire
In August 2015, a Supreme Court order on Aadhaar card had put the brakes on Election Commission's project to link Aadhaar numbers with voters' ...

How to link Aadhaar card with PAN card – Online, SMS, Offline
Whether you are a taxpayer or applying for a PAN card, its mandatory to link your Aadhaar card with PAN. Recently Supreme court has made this ...

Punjab and Haryana High Court ask two state governments to take call on Aadhaar linking with ...
Free Press Journal
Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Union Government and the two state governments to take a decision on linking the ...

Why Indian businesses want to remain small
Zee Business
Having an Aadhaar number can be beneficial for units falling under SME or ... there is Udyog Aadhaar scheme that aims to benefit small enterprises.

Five reasons why a digital identity is best way to protect your data privacy
DNA India
Aadhaar, apart from being India's unique identity programme was also responsible for changing the way people looked at digital identity. The supreme ...

Arhtiyas' registration on PFMS takes off
Daily Pioneer
The commission agents had alleged that the government is harassing them in the name of uploading bank accounts and Aadhaar card numbers of ...

Mumbai beggar dies rich, leaves behind Rs 11.5 lakh fortune
The New Indian Express
... accidental death cases, the police came across a sack with Re 1 and Rs 2 coins, some bank documents, his Aadhaar, PAN and senior citizen cards, ...

Police reimpose Section 144 in Aarey, to remain till Tuesday morning
Free Press Journal
Mumbai: Hours after relaxing the prohibitory orders imposed in Aarey Colony and its surrounding areas on October 6, the regulations were reimposed ...

Indian beggar leaves behind Dh59,600 savings
Khaleej Times
They also found documents for fixed deposits worth Rs 8.77 lakh in the beggar's house along with a PAN card, Voter-identity card and Aadhaar card, ...

Soon, air travellers in India will be able to travel without a boarding pass
Times of India
... under civil aviation ministry's DigiYatra project, air passengers can make a new DigiYatra id by giving voter id, driving license, Aadhaar or passport.

NRC Panic Is Already Taking Lives in West Bengal
The Wire
... one government office to another to try and secure land documents and get the spelling of their names corrected on the Aadhaar and voter cards.

Bengal Turned Down PM-Kisan Scheme, But 8000 Farmers Have Registered Online, Says Minister
They can also get their Aadhaar authentification done from the portal itself. So far, the government has disbursed more than one instalment to 6.55 ...

5 companies that are helping small businesses and MSMEs avail easy credit
PayNearby empowers retailers by offering digital services such as Aadhaar-based banking services, bank savings, bill payments, card payments, ...

Identify, deport illegal Bangladeshis and other foreigners: UP DGP
Hindustan Times
“These identity proofs could be ration cards, voter lists, driving licences, firearms licences, passports as well as Aadhaar cards,” reads the circular.

Farmers' interests cannot be sacrificed, says Tomar on RCEP deal
The Hindu BusinessLine
Union Agriculture Ministry does not want the RCEP deal to hurt the interests of farmers in the country and has given its opinion to the Commerce ...

Identity Week Asia attracts 1000 international identity experts to inaugural event
Security Document World (press release)
Keynote presentations at the event range from the world's leading biometric-based Aadhaar scheme in India, to ambitious programs in countries such ...

When Do EPF and EPS Nominations Become Invalid By Default?
Since your nominations will become invalid after marriage, you can make fresh nominations online over EPFO's e-sewa portal, if your Aadhaar is ...

EPF Interest For Year 2018-19 to be Credited Into Accounts of 6 Crore Employees Before Diwali ... News
For EPF balance check through SMS, one's UAN and bank account has to be linked with PAN and Aadhaar card number. Those who want to check ...