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

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

14364 - Aadhaar- Daily update 13 January 2020

Daily update ⋅ 13 January 2020

Two arrested for forging Aadhaar, voter ID cards
Hindustan Times
Two people were recently arrested by the Navi Mumbai crime branch for running a racket of forging Aadhaar and voter identity cards. The accused ...

Rajasthan IT Department proposes new 'smart card': Report
The Department of IT at the Government of Rajasthan is exploring the possibility of an Aadhaar card like “smart card” for all state citizens, with the main ...

Meet a traffic cop who simply 'loves to help'
Telegraph India
I had everything in that wallet, from my ATM cards, my army canteen card, my Aadhaar card. I had cash too, but losing it was the least of my worries,” ...

Telangana Police come to Muslim households asking for citizenship documents; Owaisi silent
National Herald
... close to Charminar in Hyderabad and have begun the operations to go to every house and demand to see documents including Aadhaar cards.

Online PF Withdrawal: Want to withdraw your PF money? Here is how to file a claim online
Financial Express
Also, confirm that your UAN is linked with your KYC, including Aadhaar, PAN, and bank details. Once the above conditions are met, log in to the UAN ...

Japan's NEC Corp looks to tap opportunities in smart digital solutions in India, eyes USD 1 bn ...
Daily Excelsior
NEC Corporation contributed to the implementation of Aadhaar Programme in India by providing its biometrics identification system and has recently ...

Why PM Modi must not give up on fertiliser DBT
Financial Express
Aadhaar is captured on the point of sale (PoS) machine at the dealer's shop. Termed direct benefit transfer (DBT), the nomenclature is misleading as ...

Opinion | Why foes of India's ruling party may be right this time
Their campaign against Aadhaar, which has transformed the lives of the poor despite its early glitches, was at first led by rural affairs middlemen, who ...

Japan's NEC Corp expands projects in smart digital solutions in India
Industry Global News 24
The company was also involved in Aadhaar implementation program in the country and has reportedly set a revenue target of USD 1 billion in five ...

After fertilisers, Centre wants food subsidy to directly benefit farmers
The Indian Express
But from 2019-20, Aadhaar has been made mandatory even for registration, and the purchase officer will authenticate the identity of the farmer at the ...

Police cordon and search ops targeting Muslim localities in Hyderabad see normalisation of ...
The police had split into smaller teams and were demanding to see Aadhaar cards, vehicle registration documents and asking other questions such as ...

Cos likely to extensively use AI to deal with cyberattacks, says study
Economic Times
... forcing Indian organisations to comply with not only global regulations but also with the proposed law on personal data protection, the Aadhaar Act.

Insurmountable woes will ensue for us, PwDs write against NRC, CAA
The New Indian Express
Mismatch of Aadhaar-generated biometrics has already deprived lakhs of poor and disabled people of their entitlements. Additionally, lakhs of

Activists oppose CAA, share fear of exclusion under NPR for disabled lacking documents
Times of India
They point that experience shows that “the problems of mismatch of AADHAAR generated biometrics has deprived lakhs of poor and disabled of their ...

TMC first to protest against CAB, none can question its Credentials : Mamata
Daily Pioneer
... Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad (TMC stundents wing) also hit out at BJP saying "They (BJP) have made PAN, Aadhaar, ration cards invalid.

EPF's online services will be provided by linking these three documents
News Track English
Now select bank, PAN and Aadhaar. Fill the document number, name and other information in the given column and save it. After this, this information ...

Lack of foresight: state far from Vision 2020 goals
Deccan Herald
Also, labourers are having to run from pillar to post for Aadhaar, BPL cards, pensions and so on. So, we're asking the government to have a ...

Police inspect slum, question migrants
Times of India
A raid was conducted there earlier too but residents either had an Aadhaar card or voter ID or both. “Many of them claim to be from West Bengal or ...

Accept it or not, privatisation is on
Business Standard
... Nandan Nilekani, co-founder and chairman of Infosys Ltd and founding chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (Aadhaar), had said ...

New ITR-1 form: Know the eligibility norms
Financial Express
For income from house property, besides providing details of unrealised rent, taxpayers shall now have to furnish name, Aadhaar or PAN details of ...

Youths gather at Cubbon park, rap to express angst against CAA
The New Indian Express
One of the rappers spoke about how he chose not to have an Aadhaar card and voter ID. “People like him, who are citizens, will suffer because they ...

AI can do a lot for financial services penetration in the hinterlands
Financial Express
Aadhaar-enabled payment system (AePS) supported by the unified payment interface plays a pivotal role. The success of mobile or agent banking to ...

Davinder Singh, J&K DSP Arrested With Militants, Was Named in Letter by Afzal Guru Regarding ...
New Delhi, January 13: Davinder Singh, the deputy superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police, who was caught with two Hizbul Mujahideen and ...

Bihar Board: Make a large number of the picture within the matriculation admit card
Magazine 99
For this, the candidate has to post his Aadhaar card, Voter ID card, riding license, PAN card, passport or image monetary establishment passbook ...