1. New book to answer questions on Aadhaar

New book to answer questions on Aadhaar

Aadhaar was created on July 6, 2009 by the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

By: | New Delhi | Published: July 10, 2017 1:59 PM
aadhar cards, aadhar, NITI, 2006 Aadhar, identification no, aadhar book, Shankkar Aiyar, Westland Publishing This book seeks to answer them even as it lays out the terrain for future conflicts and possible resolutions. (Photo:IE)

A new book on Aadhaar seeks to answer several questions associated with the 12-digit identification number and its impact on the citizen-state relationship. Authored by political-economy analyst Shankkar Aiyar, the book by Westland Publishing, offers a linear history on the “ups, downs and turnarounds of Aadhaar under two governments with diametrically differing ideologies”. Aadhaar was created on July 6, 2009, by the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who, sharing his insights on Aadhaar in the book has said, “I was not satisfied with merely letting it happen. I was determined to make it happen.” With anecdotes of power games and turf wars to shore up or undermine the project, Aiyar examines how the scope and application of Aadhaar has spread beyond what was originally envisaged.

“‘In Aadhaar: A Biometric History’, he provides solutions for embedded infirmities, including constructive dialogue around data protection and privacy laws,” publishers said in a statement. The book also features interviews of technocrats and political figures key to the project — Nandan Nilekani, former Home Minister P Chidambaram, former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and current Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi, who in April 2014 had dismissed Aadhaar as a “political gimmick”, has said in the book,, “The problem was not with the idea of Aadhaar but with the inadequacies.” “For them (UPA II), it was just another scheme. I had suggested many ideas but they simply didn’t want to accept any suggestions from Narendra Modi,” the Prime Minister adds.

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Westland Publisher V K Karthika says, “There are so many questions we all have on the subject of Aadhaar and the changing relationship between the state and the citizen. This book seeks to answer them even as it lays out the terrain for future conflicts and possible resolutions.”

  1. R
    Reader
    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:16 am
    A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Oct 9, 2017 at 6:15 am
      UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information, and the purposes it could be used for, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification.
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      1. R
        Reader
        Oct 9, 2017 at 6:15 am
        The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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          #AADHAARFAIL
          Jul 10, 2017 at 2:29 pm
          1. 25 lakh families in Rajasthan are unable to withdraw ration even after seeding #AADHAARFAIL with their ration card. 2. #AADHAAR authentication does not work for half billion Indians. 3. AADHAAR authentication does not work even after updating bio-metrics and waiting for 90 days 4. AADHAAR bio-metrics can be stolen, printed and used for #AADHAAR pay 5. #AADHAAR does not work for NRIs, people outside India 6. AADHAR can not be generated if a person's fingerprint matches with someone else's with 60 percentage probability. 7. Rogue government can deactivate your #AADHAAR blocking your gas, electricity, mobile, bank account 8. AADHAAR works for millions of illegals staying in India 9. AADHAAR is blocking subsidies for millions of legitimate people 10. Take 10 lakh insurance for each #AADHAAR failure case or delete aadhaar bio-metrics from aadhaar database, archive and deactivate #AADHAAR. Jai Hind.
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