Hilton Group takes over Le Meridian management

Hilton Group takes over the management of the Starwood property Le Meridian

The Hilton Group said it has taken over the management of the Starwood property Le Meridian from 1st January 2011.  

The Hilton Group's newly launched property, The Hilton Mumbai International Airport has entered Mumbai. Launched keeping in mind the ever-increasing number of business travellers coming to Mumbai, the Hilton Mumbai International Airport promises to add a touch of luxury, comfort and leisure to any business trip. Designed along the lines of 19th-century summer palace, the property exudes a colonial charm and ambience that promises every guest the feel of being home-away-from home.

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Oil ministry wants Vedanta to surrender its rights, disputes

The pre-conditions state that Vedanta has to "give an undertaking that the decision of the government would be final and binding" on all disputes on petroleum operations

New Delhi: In a move that is being seen as fresh arm-twisting, the oil ministry wants Vedanta Resources to surrender all its rights in past and future disputes and agree to several other stringent conditions if it wants government nod for acquiring majority stake in Cairn India, reports PTI.

Though the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) had earlier this month asked the ministry to decide on giving approvals to the $9.6-billion acquisition on merit, the oil ministry has slipped in 11 pre-conditions that are unlikely to be accepted by the London-listed firm.

Sources in know of the development said the ministry has proposed to give "in-principle approval" to the transaction, if Vedanta agrees to withdraw pending lawsuits and accepts ministry's diktat on future petroleum operations in Cairn's mainstay Rajasthan block.

The ministry's proposal is based on recommendations of the oil regulator Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH), who is the custodian of the contracts oil companies sign with the government for oil and gas exploration and production.

The contracts, called Production Sharing Contract (PSC), provide for a dispute resolution mechanism but DGH wants Vedanta to surrender all its rights under the same in order to get approval for acquiring 40% to 51% stake in Cairn.

Sources said the pre-conditions, which have been referred to the law ministry to concurrence, state that Vedanta has to "give undertaking that the decision of the government would be final and binding" on all disputes on petroleum operations.

Further, it says the "government decisions/conditions (have to be) unconditionally accepted (by Vedanta) on the issues litigated by Cairn India and their associates".

The DGH on 7th January advised the oil ministry to ask Vedanta to accept its decision on disputes unconditionally even though Cairn had won one of the three issues under arbitration.

Sources said the ministry also wants Vedanta to agree to consider the royalty paid on crude oil produced from the Rajasthan block in the project cost and its profits calculated thereafter.

As per PSC, a company is permitted to recover all project costs from the sale of oil or gas produced from a field before calculating profits for itself and the government.

State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) holds a 30% stake in Rajasthan block RJ-ON-90/1, but pays the royalty on the entire quantum of production, as it is the licencee of the block.

If the royalty paid by ONGC on behalf of Cairn is taken into consideration while calculating the project cost, this would lower the profits of the Scottish energy firm, which does not pay royalty on its 70% share of the projected 12 million tonnes per annum output from the block.

Sources said the preconditions also include Vedanta guaranteeing that Cairn's technical capability will be undisturbed by the share transfer and the London-listed firm providing a fresh financial and performance guarantee.

The ministry also wants Vedanta to accept the government's decision on future exploration activities and expenditures as "final and binding", as well as unconditionally accept the government's position on issues that have been challenged by Cairn in courts.

Like royalty, Cairn believes the liability to pay cess of Rs2,500 per tonne on all crude oil produced from the Rajasthan block also rests on ONGC.

This position has been disputed by ONGC and the ministry, which say that cess is to be paid by the project partners in proportion to their shareholding and the matter is under arbitration, sources said.

The ministry said its "in-principle approval shall be further subject to ONGC's decision on the right of first refusal" on the Rajasthan block, as the Solicitor General of India's view was that the transfer triggered ONGC's pre-emption rights.

According to PSC, the government consent in case of transfer of stake "shall not be unreasonably withheld" provided the buying company has sufficient financial standing and technical competence and is willing to guarantee them; is not incorporated in a country with which India has restricted trade or business; and, is willing to comply with any "reasonable conditions" necessary to ensure the contractual obligations.

Earlier this month, the PMO had asked the oil ministry to decide whether to give consent to the deal by January-end, at least a month earlier than the deadline the ministry had set for itself.

The PMO had to press for an early decision as the approval accorded to the deal by shareholders of Cairn and Vedanta was valid up to 15th April.

After acquiring Cairn Energy's stake, the London-listed firm's Indian unit, Sesa Goa, will make an open offer for an additional 20% stake to minority shareholders of Cairn India.

Sources said going by the February-end deadline, Vedanta would have been unable to close the deal by 15th April.

This is because the open offer, which can be made only after government consent to the deal, will have to remain open for subscription for at least 60 days.

If the government decision on the deal was to come by February-end, the open offer could not have begun before the first week of March and it would have closed in April-end or early May, missing the 15th April deadline, they said.

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How Aadhaar, or the UID project, can get you into deep trouble

The UID project which is being rolled out with much fanfare by the government has innumerable pitfalls. Here are a few of them

Aadhaar with its biometrics and the ability to facilitate convergence of information-bona fide or otherwise-has the potential to compromise privacy and put people in trouble.

When such privacy concerns are raised, the oft-repeated rhetoric among the educated middle class is: "I am a law-abiding citizen and I do not have much to hide and fear. So, why should I be concerned with my personal data, including biometrics, being stored under the Aadhaar project, especially if it can make my life convenient?"  

Well, if you are one of those who thought likewise, here are a few plausible ways in which you could be in trouble, thanks to Aadhaar and its indiscriminate use in the not too distant a future.

Scenario 1: Techie tries to change his job…

Ram is an upwardly-mobile young techie who is proud of his status. He is in love with the digital world; not bothered too much about issues around privacy. He is active on most of the social networking sites. He is proud of his connectedness. He has been the first one to get Aadhaar; he felt it would make his day-to-day transactions a lot more hassle-free. He has submitted his Aadhaar ID to all his previous employers, since it afforded him some additional benefits and privileges.

Recently, he has got a call from an MNC promising him an overseas assignment. He is excited about the opportunity. He has had a successful technical round. However, to his dismay, he is rejected after the HR round.

Trying to find the reason, he contacts an acquaintance in the company. To his surprise, he comes to know that the culprit is Aadhaar. A background check using Aadhaar by a company engaged by the MNC has revealed his problems with his boss in one of the companies he had worked for a long time back. He is not given a chance to explain himself but is presumed troublesome and rejected. He curses himself for being overzealous in his usage of Aadhaar.   

Scenario 2: Sham tries to buy Medical Insurance...

Though Aadhaar was optional in the beginning, most of the clinics and hospitals have started insisting on it citing identity reasons. Sham is a middle-aged IT manager who has seen the convenience of using digital identity cards in his office. It is logical for him to think that using Aadhaar would prevent any misplaced identity. He does not think twice when someone asks him for Aadhaar.

Over the past few years, given the stress of his job, he has had episodes of "High Blood Pressure", treated occasionally at a few local clinics. In all those clinics he has unwittingly used Aadhaar. His doctors have told him that there is nothing chronic or serious about his occasional high BP. He has been able to manage his condition with minor lifestyle changes.

Now that he is approaching middle age, he decides to take out a medical insurance cover for himself. Most of the insurance companies have started insisting on Aadhaar for enrollment. After completing all the required formalities, he gets his insurance policy. He is puzzled to find that he has been denied insurance coverage for 'heart ailments'. He versifies that his BP, ECG and other conditions were normal during the prescreening test. On further questioning, he is told that he has a preexisting high BP condition. The culprit - Aadhaar!  

The insurance company has done a background search on him using his Aadhaar ID  and found out that he had taken some medicine for high BP sometime back in the past, though he is no longer on any medication. His argument that he has no chronic heart condition goes in vain.

Scenario 3: Saralamma becomes a suspect in a crime she did not commit…

Saralamma is a retired school teacher; very law-abiding. As soon as Aadhaar is rolled out, she is the first to get one. Someone has told her that her pension collection and bank transactions would be a lot easier with Aadhaar. She is not the one who is too concerned about what data is being collected; most of which she does not understand anyway.  

Recently, she has received some arrears. She has decided to buy some silverware for her only daughter. She has checked out a specific set, but decides not to buy, as the cost is beyond her budget. After a few days, to her surprise, she gets a call from a security agency. There is a theft at the same jewelry shop she had visited. One of the items in the set that she had looked at is stolen. As part of the investigation, fingerprints are collected from items in and around the set. They are run against the biometrics stored by the UIDAI managing Aadhaar.

Alas, one of the fingerprints on the silverware matches that of Saralamma. She is asked to explain as to why she should not be considered a suspect. Saralamma is aghast as she does not understand how she got linked to the crime she did not commit!

Scenario 4: John loses money on a transaction he did not make…

John runs a travel business. He maintains his account with a cooperative bank which has signed up with Aadhaar for complete authentication services. In addition to the account number, he is required to give his Aadhaar number and fingerprints (biometrics) to complete any transaction.

One of his assistants has his eye on this account. He has found out that if he could capture the fingerprints of his boss, he could have fakes made to defraud the system. He transfers the drinking glass which has his boss' fingerprints to one of the petty shops which have recently sprung up to create fake fingerprints using digital scans, illegally.

With the dummy fingerprints of his boss in hand, he successfully withdraws the money. When John gets his monthly transaction report, he is shocked to find a huge withdrawal. When he questions his bank, he is told the Aadhaar-based biometrics has confirmed his identity and there is not much they can do about it!

Scenario 5: Ajay's son is denied admission to school …

Ajay has lived most of his life in the US. He has relocated back to India a couple of years back. He admits his son to one of the pre-schools. As part of the admission process he is asked for his son's Aadhaar; it has become more or less compulsory to monitor the progress of the child. Unfortunately, Ajay's son has some minor developmental disability. His pre-school documents this fact against his son's Aadhaar.

Now that his son is six years old, Ajay is desperately looking for a school for his son. He can even afford admission to any of the newly started international schools. To his surprise, he finds most of the schools denying admission. On investigation, he finds that the unique identity provided by Aadhaar is the cause. A background checking agency, employed by the schools, has done a search based on the Aadhaar ID and discovered that his son has a mild development disorder. Given that information, none of the schools want to take a chance!

The above examples are just a small sample of the scenarios that are very plausible. Though Aadhaar is currently optional, it is apparent that overtime it would be mandatory. Even if some of the scenarios depicted above can be avoided with stronger privacy laws, in a country where enforcement is lax, one wonders whether such misuses can be completely prevented.

Vulnerability of securely-stored digital information to theft has been exposed by recent leaks that have surfaced both nationally and internationally. As someone has commented, a safe digital record is an oxymoron. Some of the recent experiments have amply demonstrated how biometric fingerprints can be duplicated using technologies that are almost homemade. If you are still skeptical, read Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes's story, The Adventure of the Norwood Builder.  

(Ramdass Keshavamurthy is a Bengaluru-based Technology Consultant)

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Prashant

4 years ago

Poor ethics from moneylife.in, I wasted my time visiting this site. if someone is commenting you must respect them and not take only what you like.

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MDT

In Reply to Prashant 4 years ago

Dear Prashant,
Thanks for visiting and posting several comments in one go. While as a policy, we welcome all types of comments, promotional posts/comments are strictly no-no on this site. In all your posts you were found to be promoting one particular site, whose oweners/registrants are kept hidden behind PrivacyProtect.org. Hope you understand.

Prashant

4 years ago

Strange facts ! i thought aadhaar will only empower the people. This is really scaring. Thanks for putting some light on such facts.

Prashant

4 years ago

Strange facts ! i thought aadhaar will only empower the people. This is really scaring. Thanks for putting some light on such facts.

killerwico

4 years ago

stupid alarmist article.even now corporate MNC put applicants through background checks by directly interfacing with other companies.as for the second story even now medical insurance companies perform compulsory medical tests before giving people medical insurance.As for the third story a person cannot become a suspect only by fingerprints from objects that have multiple sets of fingerprints on them. courts will overule it as someone else might have touched the same silverware.it is like telling that there is murder in some government office and all the people who visited that area and have their fingerprints on the table near the murder are suspects.And anyway such shops have video surveillance and metal detectors at their entrances.about the third story is like something off a hollywood movie.even now people can forge your signature and withdraw from your bank account using checks but they dont do it because it is embezzlement and invites a long jail term and the same would apply with biometrics if ever they are used for banking.and you need to sign before withdrawing your money.and what does the fraud do carry a printout of the fingerprints and shows them in the bank???this is a stupid argument as it is invalid.about the fifth even now schools require parents to declare any development disorder however minor it may be otherwise if found out after admission(it generally is discovered) the students are immediately thrown out.all the passports issued require biometric data then the same can be used to track you,your ration card,pan card can all be used to track you.they are made for the sole purpose of identifying you.following your recommendations on privacy then we should not have a name as anybody could track you with it we should also give up your email and social network accounts.so this is article is plain stupid.

killerwico

4 years ago

stupid alarmist article.even now corporate MNC put applicants through background checks by directly interfacing with other companies.as for the second story even now medical insurance companies perform compulsory medical tests before giving people medical insurance.As for the third story a person cannot become a suspect only by fingerprints from objects that have multiple sets of fingerprints on them. courts will overule it as someone else might have touched the same silverware.it is like telling that there is murder in some government office and all the people who visited that area and have their fingerprints on the table near the murder are suspects.And anyway such shops have video surveillance and metal detectors at their entrances.about the third story is like something off a hollywood movie.even now people can forge your signature and withdraw from your bank account using checks but they dont do it because it is embezzlement and invites a long jail term and the same would apply with biometrics if ever they are used for banking.and you need to sign before withdrawing your money.and what does the fraud do carry a printout of the fingerprints and shows them in the bank???this is a stupid argument as it is invalid.about the fifth even now schools require parents to declare any development disorder however minor it may be otherwise if found out after admission(it generally is discovered) the students are immediately thrown out.all the passports issued require biometric data then the same can be used to track you,your ration card,pan card can all be used to track you.they are made for the sole purpose of identifying you.following your recommendations on privacy then we should not have a name as anybody could track you with it we should also give up your email and social network accounts.so this is article is plain stupid.

Ram

6 years ago

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi
"Let us begin by being clear... about General Smuts' new law. All Indians must now be fingerprinted... like criminals. Men and women. No marriage other than a Christian marriage is considered valid. Under this act our wives and mothers are whores. And every man here is a bastard."-

Was Mahatma Gandhi wrong ? Can 1.2 billion Indians be treated like criminals and finger printed in year 2011 on false pretexts?

History as we all know repeats itself.
Even Hitler used IBM computers to identify Jews. So there is nothing Unique about Aadhaar. it is as Old as Nazi Germany.

Can Nandan Nilekani be General Smut's reincarnation ? Will Aadhaar be valid in our next life ? Can we take this number with us to heaven or hell or to the next life ?

How many experts who support Aadhaar have applied for one ?
If not why not ?

If the Aadhaar was genuinely good for the Nation, I am sure PM Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and UIDAI Chief Nandan Nilekani would have got their Aadhaars on the inaugural day. But they did not.
Ever wondered why ? Because only the poor are faceless and lack identity; not the rich and powerful.

Well to do people in India will not apply for Aadhaar. Aadhaar is aimed at the poor and illiterate who do not know or understand the consequences.

Aadhaar will institutionalise poverty.

Aadhaar will also divide a nation already divided by religion and by caste, into people with Aadhaar and without Aadhaar.

At the end of the day how does Aadhaar benefit the nation as a whole?
Are the benefits commensurate with the billions being splurged on this White elephant called Aadhaar whose very foundation is unstable?

The British posed as East India Company and conquered India. Today The Corporations of USA are raiding India. East India Company sold Gun Powder and USA is now selling Nuclear Fuel and MNCs are mining away our minerals from tribal lands once more and Monsanto will genetically modify the very brinjaal, bendi, Basmati and neem we believe is Indian.

L1 Identiy....... Readers can find out the companies history and who the Members of the Board of Directors are, for themselves doing Google searches.

God save India from American Conquest

som

6 years ago

The vast computer databases kept by government departments can be passed on to covert agencies and corporate entities. Many know that DNA databases, retina scans, handprint scans and such are becoming more commonplace. However, few know of the more advanced technologies used to monitor them RIGHT NOW!

The World's Concerns Microchip Implants, Mind Control, and Cybernetics
http://www.truedemocracy.net/td-19/23.ht...
-By Rauni-Leena Luukanen-Kilde, MD Former Chief Medical Officer of Finland December 6, 2000

Are we ready for the robotization of mankind and the total elimination of privacy, including freedom of thought? How many of us would want to cede our entire life, including our most secret thoughts, to Big Brother? Yet the technology exists to create a totalitarian New World Order. Covert neurological communication systems are in place to counteract independent thinking and to control social and political activity on behalf of self-serving private and military interests.

When our brain functions are already connected to supercomputers by means of radio implants and microchips, it will be too late for protest. This threat can be defeated only by educating the public, using available literature on biotelemetry and information exchanged at international congresses……………

…………Time is running out for changing the direction of military medicine, and ensuring the future of human freedom…………..

This article was originally published in the 36th-year edition of the Finnish-language journal SPEKULA (3rd Quarter, 1999). SPEKULA (circulation 6500) is a publication of Northern Finland medical students and doctors of Oulu University OLK (Oulun Laaketieteellinen Kilta). It is mailed to all medical students of Finland and all Northern Finland medical doctors.

RFID (Radio Frequency ID) chips are Comming
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlFi0GfrV...
Here are a pair of patents which you can google yourself:Patent#20020165758: IBM – IDENTIFICATION AND TRACKING OF PERSONS
USING RFID-TAGGED ITEMS.
Patent#6659344: NCR – AUTOMATED MONITORING OF ACTIVITY OF SHOPPERS IN A MARKET.
I am sure you will be fully convinved that these are threat to National security and sovereignity. I request you to go through this article to understand the full scope of this UID Concept which is being imposed on us. Its official Invasion of Our Fundamental Right Right to Privacy by Multinational Giant Corporations.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?c...
Big Brother: Spying on Americans, The Threat of Satellite Surveillance
by John Flemming

http://www.freedomfchs.com/repjimguestlt...

http://www.whale.to/b/nsa7.html
Covert Operations of the U.S. National Security Agency
A lawsuit filed against the U.S. National Security Agency reveals a frightening array of technologies and programs designed to keep tabs on individuals.
From an article in Nexus Magazine April/May 96
John St Clair Akwei
vs
National Security Agency
Ft George G. Meade, MD, USA
(Civil Action 92-0449)
The following document comprises evidence for a lawsuit filed at the U.S. Courthouse in Washington, DC, by John St Clair Akwei against the National Security Agency, Ft George G. Meade, Maryland (Civil Action 92-0449), constitutes his knowledge of the NSA’s structure, national security activities proprietary technologies and covert operations to monitor individual citizens Ed.

MIND CONTROL TECHNOLOGY EXPOSED
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/36936010/MIN...

Outside the Box #98 (Featuring Dr. Robert Duncan)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=...
Alex talks with Dr. Robert Duncan, an expert on mind control technology and artificial intelligence. Later, Alex discusses the recent shooting at Virginia Tech.
http://www.surveillanceissues.com/articl...

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arjun

In Reply to som 5 years ago

thank you for the links brother :)

glad to know there are others in the country who are "AWAKE" too ...

wish there was a way to keep in touch with people like you!

Sujit

6 years ago

@Ramdass Keshavamurthy

You have listed down 5 Negatives of UID. Now how about listing down 5 Positives of UID???

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Vickram

In Reply to Sujit 6 years ago

Here, let me try:
1. 50% UIDAI budget to be spent via IT industry; if Indian entrepreneurs are quick enough, they can pick up some of this business.
2. UID will enable detailed surveillance and tracking of all registered people in India. This will ensure registered people in India think twice before engaging in suspicious activities.
3. No, I can't think of anything else. Can you? I mean, things that can actually be delivered, not figments from somebody's fevered imagination.

Ram

In Reply to Vickram 6 years ago

Sujit & Vickram,
Should the positives not be listed by Pro Aadhaar advocates ? Why ask people who oppose them ?

I look forward to a list of 100 positives that will convince me that the benefits outweigh the negatives.

Privacy is like your VISION. You will not appreciate it until you have gone BLIND.

vikas

6 years ago

I am surprised how could Moneylife publish such a third class article.......going by the fears the author has, one should not venture out of home.

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Ram

In Reply to vikas 6 years ago

Money Life Editorial Team are Top Notch and do not take instructions from Nira Radia, do they ?
That is why Money Life echoes Voices opposing AAdhaar which is questionable.

Ram

In Reply to Ram 5 years ago

I agree with Vikas. It is easy to comment but difficult to withdraw. I think Moneylife works for Chidambaram whose department has created this furore. None of the people in this country objected till about Nov 11. And why this diplomatism now...

vikas

6 years ago

I am surprised how could Moneylife publish such a third class article.......going by the fears the author has, one should venture out of home.

Manish Keswani

6 years ago

Seems like people are really passionate about this topic. How about a poll?

1. Will Aadhar lead to scenarios as proposed by Mr. Ramdass (considering that privacy laws would be non-existent or lax)?

2 Will Aadhar prove help in improving processes related to dealing with Govt. and other institutions (marginally or extensively)?

3. Do you think Aadhar will end up costing more money than it would help save?

Please reply with only YES or NO for all 3 questions.

And DO MENTION whether you:
a) Live in India
b) Intend to come back in the next 5 years
c) Will never come back to India

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Manish Keswani

In Reply to Manish Keswani 6 years ago

1. NO
2. YES
3. NO

a) Live in India

Vickram

In Reply to Manish Keswani 6 years ago

1. YES
2. NO
3. Yes
a) Live in India

Chowdhury

6 years ago

Seems like anything initiated by Indian, I mean pure Indian effort or homegrown by Indian professionals is not acceptable by some people like this author, the worse enemy of Indian progress to the future.

I beg you, please stop scaring people! Let us Indian take the lead the world with some great examples which is one way or another countries likely to follow.

I wonder does anyone pay you to do this “Scaring people away from a definite path to Progress?”

Please let India towards a progressive and futuristic society, a step ahead of USA, China etc. Otherwise we are to stay back - same old India, nothing pioneering.. Let India show others an example of e-Governance.

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Vickram

In Reply to Chowdhury 6 years ago

Anyone who thinks this project is initiated by an Indian, and then is homegrown by Indian professionals, must be very busy, too busy to give the project and its antecedents more than a passing glance. However, that is no excuse to proclaim such lack of study to the world.

To continue to relate this project to eGovernance is truly a risible idea, but to even think we need such lame techniques to implement decent practices of government, takes an incredible lack of imagination and knowledge of India's complex realities.

sandhya subramaniam

In Reply to Chowdhury 6 years ago

Nandan Nilekani -- please throw a little more of tax payers money to hire better disinformation staff. These childish postings on Moneylife are getting tedious and obvious.

At the same time, they are really worrying, because it means that you have something to worry about.

what is it?
1. the fact that contrary to chowdhury's claims the money goes to US MNCs who provide all the technology to tag and monitor us Indians?
2. you are guilty of the high cost?

3. you are afraid the hypocrisy of claiming Aadhar is voluntary while working relentlessly to mandate it through SEBI, RBI and banks will be exposed?

Frankly, discerning Indians see through the game already.

SS

Ram

In Reply to sandhya subramaniam 6 years ago

@Sandhya
60% of the population is illiterate and oblivious. Of the 40% literate 50% do not know English. So we have 20% of the population who could understand the problem but 90% are asleep, too busy or watching TV serials.
Of the 10% left majority are not fully informed.
At the moment the discerning few are in the minute minority and we do not have Tax payers money to splurge of PR Agencies like UIDAI, who control the Media with advertising money.
The only time R.S.Sharma, 2nd in Command at UIDAI ventured to pen his thoughts in EPW, he got hammered and has never surfaced again.
As for NN he will not even take questions at meetings.......He uses moderators to Block questions and Body guards to whisk him out the back door..
Aadhaar at best may be good INTENT.
One man's Good Intention cannot become a National Policy without public or parliamentary debate. Are we still a democracy, I wonder.

B V KRISHNAN

6 years ago

AADHAAR is probably the only product in the world which is being maligned even before it is launched. It is almost like the thieves running for cover when the police appears on the scene!! I thought only currupt politicians will be affected by this new form of identification - as they cannot syphon off money meant for the poor by falsifying ids. But the opposition seems to be coming from well-heeled working class. What is it they are afraid of??

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Ram Krishnaswamy

In Reply to B V KRISHNAN 6 years ago

Should Aadhaar not be issued to corrupt politicians and Babus first to weed out corruption?
No Sir Aadhaar is a Product as you say for the Last Mile, the poor BPL population. Every one of them is treated as a criminal and finger printed so that double dippers can be eliminated through authentication.
Is trying to buy a few extra kilos of subsidised grain a bigger crime than the Babus controlling PDS who steal 80% of the National PDS budget, by selling interstate, by exporting to other countries like Singapore Malaysia and by fraudulently denying the starving poor only to sell PDS grains in the open market for huge profits.
We cannot expect an Indian Billionaire to understand ground reality can we ? After all he knows more about the back streets of New York than the villages of India. I am not saying this. He himself confessed to this in a TV Interview

Vickram

In Reply to B V KRISHNAN 6 years ago

Even Mr Nilekani continues to insist that Aadhaar is a service, yet you hit the nail on the head when you proclaim it for what it really is: a product. One wonders which side is the cops and which the robbers, actually, and why sensible people are 'running for cover' at the idea of yet another loot - but this one is not measured in notional losses.

cm

6 years ago

"The scenarios, I thought, spoke for themselves. However, going by the number of comments, mostly critical of my line of reasoning, a few words of clarification might be in order".

The scenarios DID NOT speak for themselves, in fact there are too many inconsistencies in your writing & in your logic.

For example:

"The UID project which is being rolled out with much fanfare by the government has innumerable pitfalls. Here are a few of them"

Has pitfalls????? What you are really trying to say is the UID project has a lot of potential for misuse..which is what you go on to attempt to describe (and so poorly).


"...When such privacy concerns are raised, the oft-repeated rhetoric among the educated middle class is..."

What privacy concerns have you really introduced here ?????? Seriously, the so called 'privacy concerns' is the primary focus of your write-up, but this context is very poorly described.

"The above examples are just a small sample of the scenarios that are very plausible"

What are you really trying to say here? There are too many examples of conspiracies that one can invent in various spheres of life, if one thought really hard. Your argument that the described scenarios are likely to happen is poor.

Finally, I read the entire article -- and have to ask myself - 'what now?' -- a section which is missing. For example - What are your suggestions for how to change the system to prevent such abuses OR what can the ordinary citizen do to protect their privacy?

You had an opportunity to kick-start a good debate on how the UID could be misused and screwed it up.

And please don't patronize your readers by saying that you did not intend to reply to your own article.

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UIndian

In Reply to cm 6 years ago

hey cm....why dont you come out and tell us your real name and where you work? Is it so secretive as a workplace like the UIDAI, Bengaluru?.....Come on...UIDAI. Have guts to come out in open....else stop using your PR machinery to post comments online in dozens or should I say dirty dozens...

cm

6 years ago

"The scenarios, I thought, spoke for themselves. However, going by the number of comments, mostly critical of my line of reasoning, a few words of clarification might be in order". <<

The scenarios DID not speak for themselves, in fact there are too many inconsistencies in your writing & in your logic.

For example:

"The UID project which is being rolled out with much fanfare by the government has innumerable pitfalls. Here are a few of them" << Has pitfalls????? What you are really trying to say is the UID project has a lot of potential for misuse..which is what you go on to attempt to describe (and so poorly).


"...When such privacy concerns are raised, the oft-repeated rhetoric among the educated middle class is..." << What privacy concerns?????? Seriously, the so called 'privacy concerns' is the primary focus of the write-up, but this context is very poorly described.

And then you go on to describe possible scenarios, once again, very poorly.

"The above examples are just a small sample of the scenarios that are very plausible" << What are you really trying to say here? There are too many examples of conspiracies that one can invent in various spheres of life, if one thought really hard. Your argument that the described scenarios are likely to happen is poor.

Finally, I read the entire article -- and have to ask myself - 'what now?' -- a section which is missing. For example - What are your suggestions for how to change the system to prevent such abuses OR what can the ordinary citizen do to protect their privacy?

You had an opportunity to kick-start a good debate on how the UID could be misused and screwed it up.

And please don't patronize your readers by saying that you did not intend to reply to your own article.

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