The writer works on the jurisprudence of law, poverty and rights.
The Aadhaar judgment divides the people of this country into those receiving state assistance, and others. The former will get socio-economic rights if they do as they are asked to do. Privacy is a luxury they can ill afford.
Aadhaar breach: Gaping holes in data security and the unreliability of biometrics put a question mark on the project. UIDAI’s denials are increasingly unconvincing
There is a need to speak out when the state’s biases result in crime and impunity
Supreme Court must urgently hear and settle issues of privacy and exclusion raised in the context of the UID project
There is reason to wonder if this law is intended to be taken seriously, except in getting everyone on the data base, making it a scheme to number the population, and giving extraordinary powers to the UIDAI.
The problem is that Aadhaar was never about individual choice, and was never intended to be voluntary.