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, February 14, 2020

14393 - Aadhaar Daily update⋅13 February 2020,

Daily update ⋅ 13 February 2020

This new Aadhaar Card is coloured differently! Check UIDAI details and how to apply
Zee Business
UIDAI has issued a blue colored 'Baal Aadhaar Card' for children below 5 years of age. This new Aadhaar card has been designed to extend ...

Techie arrested for using fake Aadhaar card
Deccan Chronicle
Hyderabad: An engineering graduate from Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, who bought six mobile phones using a fake Aadhaar card and failed to ...

Aadhaar Ventures India reports standalone net loss of Rs 0.09 crore in the December 2019 quarter
Business Standard
Net Loss of Aadhaar Ventures India reported to Rs 0.09 crore in the quarter ended December 2019 as against net loss of Rs 0.03 crore during the ...

Govt May Pitch For Tool To Filter Out Child Porn, Terrorism From Social Media
Inc42 Media
Besides these, MeitY had also reportedly written to Aadhaar managing body Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in September 2019.

Over 49000 found eligible for Phule farm loan waiver
Times of India
The district collector said absence of Aadhaar details has also affected other financial schemes like the Kisan Sanman Yojana. “In the first instalment, ...

Kasargod: 22kg ganja worth Rs 8 lac seized from bus, accused escapes
An Aadhaar card of a Chengala resident was found in the bag in which the drug was found. The officials are conducting investigation to find out if the ...

Beware of fake census officials: DC
The Tribune
An elderly person in Nahan had told him that some persons, posing as census officials, visited him and sought details of his Aadhaar card and other ...

Centre directed banks to deal with DBT failures
The New Indian Express
For instance, for all payment failures under the overhead of 'Aadhaar number not mapped to account number', the Centre reasoned that the errors ...

RBI Invites Startups, Tech Companies To Compete With NPCI In Retail Payments
Inc42 Media
This comprises of but not limited to “ATMs, White Label PoS; Aadhaar based payments and remittance services; develop new payment methods, ...

EPFO: How to submit EPF Claim online on death of beneficiary
Zee Business
Any member who has a Universal Account Number (UAN) seeded with Aadhaar can avail of this facility online. An EPF account holder can update, ...

Assam Govt Loses NRC Data Even Before Appeals
Inc42 Media
The multiple leaks in the Aadhaar database are the primary example. Details of around 6.7 Mn Indian residents were leaked on the website of Indian ...

NEET scam: sleuths seek UIDAI assistance to track down suspects
The Hindu
... shared the photographs and biometrics of at least a dozen suspects with the UIDAI authorities for verification with the national Aadhaar database.

Gang cheats several loan seekers
The Hindu
The tele-callers collected copies of the PAN card, Aadhaar card, salary statements through email. They offered ₹3 lakh to ₹15 lakh loan and said they ...

Fraudsters pose as genuine sellers online, dupe buyers
The Hindu
A businessman in Mandaveli was tempted by an advertisement for the sale of a used car on an online portal. According to the ad, the car was on sale ...

Delhi HC seeks centre's reply on rights for denotified tribes
Jain has also demanded the government to provide permanent housing, Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Aadhaar card for the tribal communities.

Now, use app to book parking slots in city's housing societies
The Hindu
Users will also have to update their Aadhaar details for security and authenticity purposes. The global positioning system will allow users to view ...

NPCI rival in the making
Telegraph India
... particularly in the retail space, consisting of but not limited to ATMs, white label PoS, and Aadhaar-based payments and remittance services.

Three ways businesses can protect customer data
But it is only relatively recently, on the back of numerous notable data breaches in recent years – Facebook, Capital One, Quora, and Aadhaar in India ...

Auto driver duped of ₹1.2 lakh in online car sale fraud
Hindustan Times
... suspect shared pictures of the car, sent photocopies of the car's registration and insurance documents and his Aadhaar card to gain the driver's trust.

Spike in cases of job frauds in city
Deccan Herald
He then collects Aadhaar, passport and other documents, saying they are required for visa processing. “The victim is then put on to a consultant who ...

UPSC Civil Services 2020 notification released; last date to apply is March 3
Times of India
Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card issued by the State/Central Government. The candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID ...

Two gunned down in Patna
Times of India
Gardanibagh police station SHO Arvind Kumar Gautam said the deceased was identified from an Aadhaar card recovered from his pocket. The reason ...

Hyd cops detain 4 minors protesting against CAA, accused of ignoring due process
The News Minute
The police are particular about asking for the Aadhaar card details of those detained at the protests. Some resist giving their Aadhaar numbers but ...

Directorate of Museums, Assam Recruitment 2020
The Sentinel Assam
... caste certificate, experience certificate if any and valid employment Registration card and residential certificate (PRC/Voter ID/Aadhaar) are a must.

Planning a foreign tour this year? Do it before April 1 to pay less tax
If PAN or Aadhaar is not produced by the buyer, the TCS will be charged at 10 percent, which will otherwise be 5 percent. What experts say. The new ...

NPCI to face competition: RBI allows private companies with Rs 500cr capital to enter payments ...
Times Now
... the retail space, comprising but not limited to ATMs, white-label point-of-sales (PoS) machines, Aadhaar-based payments and remittance services.