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

Saturday, May 23, 2020


Daily update ⋅ 23 May 2020

Chandigarh's Aadhaar Seva Kendra reopens
Hindustan Times
Residents need to book an online appointment before visiting the centre in Sector 17. Aadhaar,seva,kendra The centre will function on all seven days of ...

Cops ask for Aadhaar to pay homage to Sterlite police firing victims
The New Indian Express
Why should I show my Aadhaar card? Are we anti-nationals,” she asked. Environment activist M Krishnamurthy termed that making Aadhar mandatory is ...

How to link Aadhaar card with ration card?
Krishi Jagran (press release) (blog)
The deadline to link Aadhaar card with ration card has been extended by the government till September 30, 2020. Till then, the Union Ministry of ...

Modi govt's conditional offer to states on borrowing and the controversy around it
These reforms include steps to ensure the universalisation of ration cards (by linking the Aadhaar number to ration cards), improving ease of doing ...

PMC offers its shelter inmates for work, but Metro demurs
Pune Mirror
“Most entities we approached demanded Aadhaar and other documents, which most of the migrants remaining here did not have. These companies ...

Why Modi govt dropped the idea of transferring cash to migrant workers during lockdown
But more than financial constraints, it was the lack of a database with details of bank accounts and Aadhaar numbers of these workers that proved to ...

Your money: Know how big a home loan you can get
Financial Express
... statement for two years, PAN card for identity proof, address proof like Aadhaar card, passport and details of existing loans taken and its repayment.

TS distributed 7608 tons rice, Rs 31.61 lakh cash to migrant workers
Telangana Today
... of beneficiaries with Aadhar under One Nation-One Ration programme. ... said that Telangana is in the forefront in linking the cards with Aadhar.

Provide food or send us home, 150 stuck migrants appeal to district administration
Hindustan Times
... worked as a construction labourer, said, “We gave our Aadhaar numbers to some officials and they assured us that they were noting down our name ...

Rescued only to be abandoned: Story of Irula tribals freed from bonded labour
The New Indian Express
Most of us have Aadhaar card, but officials refuse to accept it,” rues Nithya. ADVERTISEMENT. The families with a total of 80 members including 25 ...

Walking home, migrant worker dies of sunstroke in Andhra Pradesh
The New Indian Express
Aadhar card of Anil Sarkar who died while on his way to West Bengal by walk near Gannavaram in Krishna district on Thursday. (Photo | EPS).

Aided by Alexo Reginald Lourenco, Goans stuck in Mumbai set to return to their home state
The 20 people first got together, then registered themselves online and have local Aadhar cards and voting rights. But Congress MLA Alex Reginald ...

View: Tying centre and state pockets
Economic Times
... is doable through a suitably designed IT system, with nationwide reconciliation of unique, verifiable identity of the beneficiary with Aadhaar-linking.

Excuses, pleas, blame: All's fair to escape quarantine
Bangalore Mirror
He flashed his train tickets, defence ID and his Aadhaar card and, he was asked to pass through after his temperature was checked. Most people ...

PCB nod to pvt lab for mobile nCov test unit at Golibar Maidan
Times of India
... message, which they can show, along with their Aadhaar cards and doctors' prescriptions, at the mobile unit at the time of sample collection.

COVID-19 and migrants: A mother abandoning her newborn shows how acute the problem is
Down To Earth Magazine
“But these are trying times and getting admitted to a hospital without a COVID-19-negative certificate and Aadhaar card is difficult, particularly if the ...

No thermal screening at New Delhi rly stn
Times of India
After negotiating various checks, including thermal temperature checks, submitting my Aadhaar card and PNR number of the ticket, I was made to ...

Missing Jaipur man found in Nizamuddin Markaz
Piyush's Aadhaar number is the same as that of Ali shown in the list of Tablighi Jamaat members. Also, Ali's address shows a Meerut location. On April ...

Lockdown 4.0: Normalcy returning for shadow lenders, albeit at a slow pace
Business Standard
Aadhar Housing Finance said it had re-opened almost 86 per cent of its branches and 80 per cent of the branches in the red zone were operating.

How to Apply Online for Ration Card? Click Here to Apply Directly
Krishi Jagran (press release) (blog)
Ration card is one of the most important documents to prove one's citizenship after Aadhaar Card & Voter ID. It is well known that the proof of the ration ...

Big Relief for Ujjwala Yojana Beneficiaries! 6.8 Crore Free LPG Cylinders Distributed & Advance ...
Krishi Jagran (press release) (blog)
A photo ID (Aadhar card or voter ID card). A current passport size photo. Important details such as name, contact information, Jan Dhan / bank account ...