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

Friday, November 8, 2019

14305 - Aadhaar Articles dated 7th Nov 2019

Sebi issues circular on Aadhaar e-KYC for investors

Economic Times
New Delhi: Sebi on Tuesday issued a detailed circular regarding the process to be followed for Aadhaar-based electronic KYC exercise for domestic ...

Aadhaar-based eKYC return may boost MF growth
A notification by the markets regulator sets out the procedure for mutual fund (MF) intermediaries to conduct Aadhaar-enabled eKYC. Mint takes a look ...

How to file Aadhaar related complaints online
Economic Times
If you are facing a problem at the enrolment centre regarding your Aadhaar updation or you have applied for Aadhaar but haven't received it, you can ...

Odisha: Poor Beneficiaries Still Left Out of PDS for Not Linking Aadhaar Cards
The Wire
The Centre's 'one nation one ration card' programme made it mandatory to link the Aadhaar numbers of all family members to the online database.

Sebi allows e-KYC using Aadhaar
Times of India
Mumbai: The Aadhaar-based e-KYC facility to get new investors into the securities market is making a comeback after about a year since the Supreme ...

PAN cards to be issued online instantly using Aadhaar
Business Today
Since Aadhaar card carries personal data, there is no need to upload any document barring some basic information. Following the generation of a

SEBI Allows Aadhaar Based e-KYC For Mutual Fund Investors; Steps Here
The regulator further specified that businesses that wish to use the Aadhaar authentication process would have to partner with entities registered with ...

Aadhaar Property Linking: Homebuyers can expect price crash, transparency, timely delivery
Zee Business
Aadhaar Property Linking: After making Aadhaar Card mandatory for Income Tax Return (ITR) filing and getting one's PAN (Permanent Account

Aadhaar Seva Kendra opens in Vijayanagar
Star of Mysore
Mysuru: Availing Aadhaar services has just got easier in city. Mysuru's first Aadhaar Seva Kendra (ASK), operated by the Unique Identification ...

Bangladeshi gets Aadhaar, BJP leader held
Telegraph India
A West Midnapore BJP leader has been arrested on charges of helping a Bangladeshi woman obtain an Aadhaar card and proof of residence ...

Aadhaar-enabled biometric systems to launch at Ludhiana railway station: Report
Aadhaar-enabled biometric machines will make a debut at the general ticketing counter in Ludhiana railway station within the next three months, ...

Farmers Will Not Get Benefit of PM-Kisan Scheme Without Aadhaar Card from Next Year
Krishi Jagran (press release) (blog)
But from 2020 onwards, farmers without Aadhaar card may be deprived of PM-Kisan scheme and won't get any money. Earlier farmers with 2 hectares ...

Aadhaar eKYC for Mutual Fund Online: Step-by-step SEBI circular explained
Financial Express
E-KYC using Aadhaar: Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has issued circular paving the way for e-KYC using Aadhaar authentication

New Aadhar Card Centres in Guwahati, Assam: Know where it is
The UIDAI issues each applicant with a unique 12-digit Aadhaar Number after collating demographic and biometric information. The Aadhaar Card ...

New Aadhar Card Centres in Jaipur, Rajasthan: Know where it is
The idea behind Aadhaar was to create a system of an international standard through which one could get an identity system that captures the ...

Beggar woman found with cash, bank account, aadhaar card Puducherry, Nov 6 (PTI) Officials o
Yahoo India News
Beggar woman found with cash, bank account, aadhaar card Puducherry, Nov 6 (PTI) Officials of a temple herewere shocked to find a beggar having ...

Facebook transfer petition: WhatsApp, Facebook submit list of related cases to SC
These cases either deal with privacy and surveillance reforms, or Aadhaar-social media linkage. It appears that only Facebook, as the petitioner in the ...

Key Scheme For Migrants' Food Security Could Stumble For Lack Of Data
But the 'One Nation, One Ration Card' system -- also linked to Aadhaar ... Out of 32 million beneficiaries, 1.8 million (6%) could not get their Aadhaar ...

IT dept to issue PAN instantly online
Nagaland Post
Those who want an electronic PAN (ePAN) will have to quote their Aadhaar number following which a one-time password (OTP) will be sent on their ...

Sebi tightens norms for demat of physical shares
Times of India
In case of such alerts, additional documents, including Aadhaar of the individual, would be sought. And if there is a complete mismatch between the ...

What changed for the market while you were sleeping? Top 12 things to know
Sebi on Tuesday issued a detailed circular regarding the process to be followed for Aadhaar-based electronic KYC exercise for domestic investors.

Hyderabad police is collecting citizen data to 'curb crime', but is it legal?
The News Minute
The 21-year-old college student had never been stopped by the Hyderabad police before and was nervous as the police collected his Aadhaar, ...

Minor abducted, two booked
The Tribune
Phagwara: Two unidentified robbers in police uniform snatched one gold kara (bangle), two gold rings, one gold chain and an Aadhaar card from ...

KMF to release arrears to dairy farmers in instalments
The Hindu
There are some technical issues such as linking of bank accounts of farmers with their mobile numbers and Aadhaar numbers. But they will be

Real estate sops in the works
Telegraph India
... Jan Dhan Yojana, investors should be allowed to open their demat/brokerage/ investment accounts with just a bank account and Aadhaar,'' he said.

District Inspector of Schools issued Guidelines for TET Exam
The Sentinel Assam
However, the candidates can keep their PAN cards, Aadhaar cards, debit/credit cards, money with them. Moreover, the Inspector of Schools has also ...

Didn't receive income tax refund? Here's how you can raise a re-issue request step by step
India Today
Choose the appropriate mode of e-Verification, Generate and enter Electronic Verification Code (EVC)/Aadhaar OTP as applicable to proceed with the ...

Bengaluru apartment complexes wary of Bangladeshi migrants, want police to verify workers
The Indian Express
“While on our raids, we have observed that many daily wage labourers, who are here illegally, have obtained documents such as Aadhaar and Voter ...

Saurabh Shukla: List Of All The Upcoming Films Of The Jolly LLB Actor
Republic World
Saurabh Shukla is a popular actor in the Bollywood industry. He is known for his comic timing and powerful acting skills. Here is a list of his upcoming ...

Bullseye for Viineet Kumar
Telegraph India
I had not worked with Drishyam Films before, but now I've two films with them - Aadhaar (releasing on December 6) and Tryst With Destiny next year.

Chip-based ID cards linked to Saral for over 3 lakh teachers
Times of India
PUNE: Teachers from classes I to VIII in state government schools will soon get chip-based identity cards that will be linked to the Saral system of the ...

Karnataka plans on-spot service delivery in villages
Deccan Herald
The services identified include providing certified copies of record of rights, tenancy and crops (RTC), Aadhaar, NREGA, ration card and others.