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, December 1, 2019

14323 - AAdhaar Related Articles Dated 30th Nov 2019

How to apply for Aadhaar card without documents

Economic Times
Aadhaar has become an important financial document. To apply for PAN, filing income tax return (ITR) or to receive a subsidy or grant from the ...

Bengal sees big crowds for Aadhaar updations
The Hindu
West Bengal, the State with the highest Muslim population, is seeing a sudden and huge surge in the number of people updating their Aadhaar cards ...

2 Ways To Apply For Aadhaar Without Proof
Aadhaar has become an integral ID which is in use in India for an array of services such as for applying for an income tax-issued PAN number, to get a ...

Apply for Aadhaar card without valid identity, address proof documents. Here's how
ET Now
New Delhi: Aadhaar has become the most important identity document in the country. In order to apply for PAN, file income tax return or to get a ...

The new mAadhaar app: A mobile identity while using multiple services
There is good news for Aadhaar card holders. Recently, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) launched a new version of the mAadhaar ...

Food security? Tribals rendered 'niraadhaar' without aadhaar in Gujarat's Adivasi belt
Government data on Universal Identity (UID) or aadhaar website may show a coverage of up to 95% till March 2019. But ground realities are not so ...

Hyderabad: Study says Aadhar doing fine
Deccan Chronicle
Hyderabad: It has been 10 years since Aadhaar was launched across the country. The document that was envisioned to be a simple, common means ...

SP protest over onion prices, give it on loan by keeping Aadhaar as mortgage
ANI News
We are giving onions by keeping Aadhaar Card or silver jewellery as mortage. At some shops, onions are being kept in lockers as well," a Samajwadi ...

Exclusion in access to public information for marginalized groups in India
Global Voices
India's Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identity number that the residents are expected to enroll in and obtain by providing their biometric and ...

Support the Guardian – and help us highlight the rise of digital inequality
The Guardian
... east of India to investigate the country's vast biometrics scheme, Aadhaar. ... his thumbprint wasn't recognised by the Aadhaar biometrics database.

PM-KISAN scheme: Mismatch of names puts question mark on 11 million farmers' next instalment
Hindustan Times
“If a beneficiary's name uploaded on the portal is not corrected (and) matching his name written in the Aadhaar card, the next instalment due from

Disability deprives man of social benefits
The New Indian Express
Having met with an accident in April, 2015 which led to partial amputation of his right index finger, Biswanath has been unable to avail an Aadhaar ...

'UPI is NPCI's invention but not a monopoly,' says Dilip Asbe at CIC hearing
The Commission was hearing whether the NPCI — which operates BHIM, RuPay, and Aadhaar-based payments systems, among others — is a public ...

Karkala: Aadhaar registration, correction camp held at Belman
Karkala, Nov 30: An Aadhaar registration and correction camp was held under the leadership of the Indian department of posts, here in association ...

Two booked for selling sim card on fake identity proof
The Tribune
The ACP said Satwinder had bought a sim card from Gagandeep by giving him his Aadhaar card in June. Satwinder came to know that Rimpy and

PM Modi's brother Prahlad to be at head of protest to strengthen public distribution system
The federation said the linking of Aadhaar and ration cards is “a big problem” and termed the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme being implemented in ...

Yoti Fellowship Examines National ID Program in South Africa
India has struggled on both fronts since the launch of Aadhaar, and documentary filmmaker Subhashish Panigrahi will be looking at the impact of the ...

Biometrics for online authentication and digital ID industry growth most read this week
Biometric Update
Encouraging stories also cover applications of biometrics for healthcare and in smartcards and vehicles, while the progress of the Aadhaar program ...

Netflix, Nazis and NRC: A chilling reminder
National Herald
Aadhaar itself, as we know, was intrusive and unnecessary. It took sustained civil society efforts and court intervention to stop it from completely ...

Onion crisis eases inTirupati, Chittoor
The Hindu
The Marketing Department earlier attempted to ration the supply with the help of Aadhaar card and limit distribution to a fixed quantity per family, but ...

Pune cops bust racket of 'RTO agents' making forged documents
The Indian Express
... identified as Shrinivas Gurram and Sahir Shaikh, were allegedly preparing forged Aadhaar cards and other RTO documents,” stated a press release ...

Will Strict Regulations Be A Setback For WhatsApp In India?
According to the answers submitted in the Lok Sabha, Meity also clarified that there are no proposals to link Aadhaar with social media accounts.

Help desks for Kartarpur pilgrims
The Tribune
“For online registration, people should bring coloured photocopies of passport and Aadhaar Card and a passport-size photograph. The rest will be ...

Nurpur MC begins plastic buyback
The Tribune
“They have to get themselves registered with the MC and for this purpose, they have to submit their Aadhaar cards and bank account details,” he said.

Retired police officer attends a fraud call, loses Rs 50000
Bangalore Mirror
He told me that he needed my Aadhaar card number to confirm the bank account details. I immediately came back to my house and called him back.

How to start a Mutual Fund SIP
Free Press Journal
Proof of address (e.g. Aadhaar, passport, voter ID, utility bill, driving licence, etc.) PAN Card. Passport-size photograph. Cheque book (to provide your ...

'80% migrant labourers in the district given biometric IDs'
Times of India
“Aadhaar penetration among them is low and most of them have only IDs ... “We have issued ID cards only to those with Aadhaar or voter ID cards,” ...

Suspect caught for arson in train
Daily Pioneer
In the recent past, a man frustrated with the establishment delaying the issue of his Aadhaar card had made a threat call on the chief minister's mobile ...

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank IPO opens next week: What to know before you invest
In addition, its also provides non-credit offerings comprising ATM-cum-debit cards, Aadhaar enrolment services and distributes third party insurance ...

Coimbatore: 30 cops deployed to curb crime in Thudiyalur station limits
Times of India
The police personnel have also been instructed to collect Aadhaar details, photographs and fingerprints of migrant labourers working in the area.

Abandoned by aunt, 11-year-old girl held captive, raped in Chandigarh
Hindustan Times
GRP officials said the girl was medically examined. They said though the girl's Aadhaar card mentioned her age as 11, she appeared older. Therefore ...

Delhi Nursery Admissions 2020 begin today: Check list of documents valid as proof of address
India Today
The Directorate of Education (Private School Branch) of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi is all set to begin the Delhi nursery ...