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

Wednesday, July 1, 2020


Daily update ⋅ 30 June 2020

How to link PAN with Aadhaar by sending SMS: Step-by-step guide
India Today
The deadline to link your PAN Card with your Aadhaar Card has been extended several times. As per the latest notification, the government extended ...

Digital infra must increase access, affordability: Aadhaar chief architect
Business Standard
And if you do that, we can solve a bunch of things," Dr. Pramod Varma, chief architect of Aadhaar and India Stack, said in the context of those who ...

Aadhaar-based farmer database in the works
Economic Times
Aadhaar-based farmer database in the works. “The database, to be completed by June 30, will have satellite imaging of individual farm land so that ...

Man accused of Rs 8-crore GST evasion turns out to be Pakistani, obtained Aadhaar, PAN on ...
Financial Express
The DGGI said Mata is a Pakistani citizen who not only obtained important documents like PAN, Aadhaar and driving license, but also got his firm ...
SBI Digital Savings Account: Features, eligibility, benefits – All you need to know
Financial Express
The 'SBI Insta Saving Bank Account' is an Aadhaar-based instant digital savings account, which can be open through SBI YONO. It is completely ...

Centre plans to bring Aadhar-based farmer database
Jagran Josh
The Aadhaar-based database will also map landholdings of the beneficiaries and it will have the details of 50 million farmers across the nine states in ...

Goa CM approaves release of next installment of DSSS & Griha Adhar
United News of India
( DSSS) and Griha Aadhar which will provide relief to more than 2,65,000 beneficiaries or families. In a tweet, he said, "Even under severe economic ...

"Dramatically increase access and affordability": Aadhaar chief architect's moonshot for India's ...
... to food, lending and healthcare irrespective of physical location, chief architect of the world's largest biometric identity platform Aadhaar told IANS.

NPS account opening becomes easier with OTP-based authentication. How to use it
It has also permitted Aadhaar-based offline paperless KYC process for the new customers while opening a NPS account. This process enables ...

Peril of face recognition tech: Facing the end of freedom, one face at a time. Supreme Court must ...
Economic Times
Whether UIDAI's Aadhaar database was among the government data stores to which this announcement referred has been the subject of conflicting ...

GST evasion: Accused a Pak national, DGGI tells Indore court
... illegal trade in pan masala was a Pakistan national who had managed to obtain documents like PAN and Aadhaar cards to prove that he is Indian.

West Bengal government preparing app to store data on migrant labourers
The New Indian Express
Details of a worker's residential address, phone number, family members, bank account, Aadhaar and PAN cards, blood group, and his or her skills ...

Jammu & Kasmir new domicile certificates: All you need to know
India TV
... of domicile certificate online by providing their Aadhaar number and receive the certificate through online mode. PRC holders will be able to receive ...

Covid agony: Migrant workers' travel and their travails — Do workers cease to count if they aren't ...
Financial Express
... including their contact and Aadhaar numbers, petitioning the inaccessible officials about the necessary arrangements, actively writing in the media, ...

SBI economists pitch for 2nd round of financial package for impacted sectors
Free Press Journal
A valid Aadhaar card and valid Permanent Account card holder. Anyone with valid local mobile number and active email address. How to apply:.

Sushant Singh Rajput's Friend Sandip Singh Reveals “Had To Get Him Down & Pull His Adhaar ...
Woman's Era
I was called back by the Police as there was a lot of paperwork to be done for which I had to get his pan card, aadhar card from his wallet and that was ...

India: Parliamentary Questions On Technology Related Issues In Budget Session 2020
Mondaq News Alerts
Cyber security; Aadhaar; Digital payments; Miscellaneous. A database of questions raised in the Budget Session 2020 from these categories can be ...

New headache for COVID-19 warriors as people take swab tests after giving fake addresses
The New Indian Express
To avoid these delaying tactics by the public, we have proposed to collect Aadhaar details at the time of testing. We request the public to co-ordinate ...

Blast from the past: Cyber attacks in India
Economic Times
Although there was an allegation in 2018 that Aadhaar database has been hacked, in an official statement, the Unique Identification Authority of India ...

Tatkal ticket booking begins from today; know how to book tickets
Kalinga TV
Passport, Aadhaar card, PAN card, Voter ID, ID card of central or state government employee, bank passbook, school or college ID will be valid during ...

Centre Plans to Digitise all Farm-oriented Schemes for Benefit of Farmers
Krishi Jagran
... procurement prices directly, by maintaining an Aadhaar-based database that will also map the landholdings of beneficiaries, according to officials.