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51 Reasons: why all freedom loving citizens oppose Aadhaar project and Aadhaar Act-Part IX

Written By BiharWatch on Monday, July 16, 2018 | 3:12 AM

 1.            It has compelled even Supreme Court judges of 9- Judge Constitution Bench and 5-Judge Constitution Bench to enroll for UID/Aadhaar even before they gave verdict on the constitutionality of Aadhaar law and the UID/Adhaar number project. It has disabled judges from granting justice without fear.
2.            It makes citizens powerless by making them transparent by ignoring how Companies Act makes donors of political parties anonymous.
3.            Nothing contained in this Act prevents the use of UID/Aadhaar number for establishing the identity of an individual for any purpose, whether by the State or any body corporate or person, pursuant to any law, for the time being in force, or any contract to this effect.
4.            It gives birth to biometrc and digital casteism.  
5.            It is transferring “identity information” in respect of an individual, including his/her UID/Aadhaar number, his biometric information and his demographic information to foreign companies like Safran Group, Accenture and Ernst & Young.   
6.            It creates Unlimited Government which is not limited by constitution.
7.            It creates a “giant electronic leash” which reduces Indian residents and citizens to mere numbers and it is branding them like cattle.
8.            It is empowered to omit and deactivate Indian residents and their information.  
9.            It coerces Indian residents to live under a general, perpetual, nation-wide criminal warrant.
10.        It robs citizens and residents of their dignity.
11.        It discriminates against residents and citizens who choose to live without UID/Aadhaar by denying their rights, entitlements and benefits.
12.        It enables criminals to commit crimes that can be attributed to Indian residents and disables them from denying such acts.
13.        It causes civil death because all the rights, benefits and entitlements of Indian citizens has been made subject to UID/Aadhaar working and not being disabled by intention or error.
14.        It provides for proof of identity of residents of India who have resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to one hundred and eighty-two days or more in the twelve months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment but denies rights, benefits and entitlements of Indian citizens.
15.        It creates dangers of holocaust, genocide and massacres through tracking and profiling akin to misuse of census data in Germany in 1930s with the assistance of Big Data companies.
16.        It is an eternal threat to privacy, civil liberties, federalism, national security, sovereignty, decentralization and constitution.
17.        It allows infiltration of the country, even its defence services, with terrorists and anti-nationals causing a national security threat.
18.        It allows snooping, harassment and commercial exploitation of present and future generation of citizens.
19.        It gives birth to an Orwellian State by facilitating emergence of a Surveillance State based on Database, Global Information Architecture for Convergence, Property based Democracy to advances corporate fascism by ‘commercial czars’ and ‘private territorial armies’.  
20.        It looks at Indian residents as suspects and treats the like criminals. The collection of biometric data is a violation of fundamental rights as it turns citizens and residents into subjects and treats them worse than prisoners.
21.        It denies ‘right to choose’ to Indian residents.
22.        It is against free speech.
23.        It is guided by undemocratic international financial institutions and defence policies of other nuclear weapon holding countries.
24.        It is anti-poor, anti-women, anti-children and anti-citizen as it dismantles existing social service entitlements and is a tool for exclusion.
25.        It promotes outsourcing of governmental functions.
26.        It defines “biometric information” as photograph, finger print, Iris scan, or
27.        such other biological attributes of an individual paving the way for DNA proofing.
28.        It exposes citizens to surveillance and identification technology companies – which are beyond national and international legal control- by indiscriminately collecting biometric data like fingerprints, iris scan, voice print, DNA etc.
29.        It creates scope for regressive eugenic thinking by adopting genetic determinism for social policies.
30.        It compromises citizens’ natural rights of present and future generations
31.        It is an unnecessary and wasteful project for citizens as it transfers public money to private parties.
32.        It transfers personal sensitive information to private entities and makes individuals incapable of self-protection.
33.        It allows State to aggregate different sets of personal information to profile a citizen and track his movements.
34.        It deprives the citizens of their right to file complaint. Even if his entire information is wiped out, residents and citizens cannot complain.
35.        It makes citizens vulnerable to crimes, financial frauds and identity thefts.
36.        It is different from other numbers assigned in ration card, driving license, passport number because it adopts a dehumanizing methodology for assigning the UID/Aadhaar number to residents of India.
37.        Aadhaar Act is an unprecedented breach of trust because it makes UID/Aadhaar “compulsorily mandatorily voluntary”.
38.        It fails to differentiate between identification and authentication of biometric or demographic data of Indian residents.
39.        It does not distinguish citizens from residents. It cannot distinguish legal residents from illegal residents.
40.        It does not allow Indians to identify themselves as Indian citizens and residents by their own assertion of who they are.
41.        It cannot distinguish between a genuine person and a non-existent person. It is indeed like the life-threatening disease Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which reduces the body’s ability to differentiate between internal and foreign cells. AIDS is the inability to recognise the self from non-self.
42.        It allows terrorists, criminals to create millions of fake identities, duplicates and use them to park black money, park bribes, finance terror and siphon subsidies and funds from the Consolidated Fund of India.
43.        Under the Act, UID/Aadhaar is not certified by any government official. The UID/Aadhaar database has never been verified or audited by anyone.
44.        It does not stop any leakage of subsidy because UID/Aadhaar doesn’t determine who is eligible and who isn’t.
45.        It is in violation of Supreme Court’s verdict of 24th August 2017 pronouncing right of privacy as a fundamental right.
46.        It operates under the assumption that right to privacy is not a fundamental right. This assumption has been debunked by a 9-Judge Constitution Bench of Supreme Court. The Constitution Bench ruled 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.
47.        It is used to recording transactions of all the Indian residents for all times to come.
48.        It is the opposite the Right to Information Act. While the RTI makes the state transparent to the citizens and residents, the UID/Aadhaar does the opposite inverse- it makes the residents and citizens transparent to the State.
49.        It opens scope for framing political persons for crimes.
50.        It can rewrite the electoral ecosystem by merging UID/Aadhaar database with electoral database and the UID numbers of EVM Machines.
            51.        It gives birth to the worst identity management systems in the world. 
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Dr Gopal Krishna

The author had appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance that examined the Aadhaar Bill and the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution that examined the Consumer Protection Bill. He is editor of www.toxicswatch.org and is the convener of Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties which has been working on UID/Aadhaar issue since 2010.
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