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, August 1, 2020


Daily update ⋅ 1 August 2020

Vendors' mobile numbers to be linked with Aadhaar
Times of India
Lucknow: The state government has embarked on a mammoth exercise of linking mobile numbers with the Aadhaar card of street vendors who have ...

SBI Savings account: Know important 'Insta' features found on SBI YONO App here; all you need is ...
Zee Business
You can open an account from the comfort of your home using Aadhaar OTP authentication. See features of SBI Insta Savings Account: See features ...

Engaging with the UPI debate further
Observer Research Foundation
Aadhaar Number helps UPI identify consumers, but lack of tokenisation and availability of these numbers with many data controllers increase risk of ...

Hyderabad: Postal bank sees surge in new accounts
The Hans India
"Citizens have to approach post offices in their respective areas besides GPO, Abids and complete the bio-metric formalities through AEPS (Aadhaar ...

Drainage Street: An address that haunts the prospects of its residents
The New Indian Express
From schools to offices, bank applications to Aadhaar cards, the name of their street haunts them. The embarrassment caused is so personal, that the ...

Income Tax Returns: Last chance to claim Section 80C benefits for FY2019-20
Zee Business
... also extended some deadlines, including extension in the date for linking PAN with Aadhaar, as also filing ITR (income tax return) for FY2018-19.

Personal data of 24k students gets posted on GTU website
Ahmedabad Mirror
... horror, the students found photos of them holding their ID proof like PAN and Aadhaar cards posted on the website apart from the college ID card.

'Thykoodam meat shop closed for flouting norms'
The New Indian Express
... Medium Enterprises (MSME) has barred firms not registered under Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum from indulging in wholesale and retail trade.

Now get unsecured loans within 3-5 hours through Paisabazaar Stack
Financial Express
... subsequent Video KYC enablement, customers would be able to seamlessly upload their digital copies of their KYC documents like Aadhaar, PAN, ...

India Upscaling IT & Tech to Strengthen Systems and Impact Lives: Abhishek Singh
Not only limited to the identity card role, but the Aadhar system has also ... With Adhar in place, within no time the beneficiaries of various schemes ...

Privacy And Puttaswamy For The People's Palate: Part 1 of 3
Live Law
A 3-judge bench of the Court in 2015 while hearing the constitutional challenge to the Aadhaar card scheme of the Union government noted that the ...

Karimnagar: Stigma forces people to hide details, says official
Telangana Today
... health department officials have developed a mobile app named 'RAT App' (rapid antigen test app) to record all the details including Aadhar card ...

State govt writes to Centre seeking rice for migrants
The New Indian Express
All these people do not have BPL or APL cards and were provided rice based on their Aadhaar card. Speaking to TNIE, Minister Gopaliah said that at ...

Six cops hurt in Sitamarhi attack
Times of India
... after they gave their thumb impression and Aadhaar number to co-villager Akhilesh Yadav to get free soaps and sanitizers almost a month back.

Abolishing India's 'Data Zamindari' - India's Proposed Non-Personal Data Authority
BW Businessworld
Add to this our occasional use of digital government services like Adhaar, Digi locker, now add the commercial broadband usage in India to power up ...

Jammu and Kashmir and AB PM-JAY
Daily Excelsior
... the internet and mobile connectivity challenges across both the UTs, close to 81 percent of all e-cards issued are verified with Aadhaar in real time.