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PM Modi's visit to the Land of the Rising Sun!

Narendra Modi would endeavour to seek Shinzo Abe's assistance in inviting investments in India, so as to manufacture Japanese products, which are actually 'Made in India'


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Japan next week to meet Shinzo Abe, a great friend and admirer of India, and who himself became the Prime Minister of Japan only last year.


Both Modi and Abe have a warm and friendly relation and this visit will further fortify their regard and support for each other.


Perhaps, for the first time in recent memory and Indian political history, Modi will be accompanied by an august assembly of industrialists who will certainly be able to generate business and goodwill that is likely to be mutually beneficial to both the countries.


His formidable delegation includes Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries), Gautam Adani (Adani group), Chanda Kochchar (ICICI), Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Biocon), Sunil Mittal (Bharati Ent), Azim Premji (Wipro), S Ramadorai (TCS), Shashi Ruia (Essar), Dilip Sanghvi (Sun Pharma), Saraf (ONGC) and Venkataramanan (L&T). Names of other government officials, including cabinet ministers, if any, have not yet been made public, so far.


It has been reported in the press that the names of the above delegation were hand-picked by PM Modi himself from an apparently long list of probables, to form this well composed team. It would follow that Modi would adopt this as his style of functioning when he will visit other important countries to promote relations.


Both Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi have a lot in common to discuss; both have similarities in issues dealing with China. Japan has also shown its keen desire to associate with India in the development of Indian Railways.


Shinzo Abe, it may be recalled, was able to form his government only last year and was also the Chief Guest of Honour at the Indian Republic Day Celebrations this year.


In fact, after he became PM, the currency swap arrangement increased three times to reach $50 billion between India and Japan and it is expected that during his term of office, he hopes to increase trade with India, as well as, Japanese investments in India.


The Japanese have shown interest to offer India a high speed rail system. With a clean safety record, Japan has been wooing India to give them the opportunity to set up similar rail-roads in the country.

There is no doubt that PM Modi is also keen to improve the lot of railways in the country and may seriously consider to go in for the Japanese high speed trains, though they are expensive. Besides, they may not be most suitable for us, considering Indian conditions. But, should the trains be made available under FDI - foreign direct investment - at attractive prices, why not introduce them in selected sectors, on a trial basis?


PM Modi would also endeavour to seek Abe's assistance in inviting Japanese investments in India, so as to manufacture "Japanese products" which are actually “Made in India!” Shinzo Abe, no doubt, will extend his assistance in making India a manufacturing hub for Japanese products, designed for export.


For the present, should India go in for speed trains? Or speed up Indian rail system? A proper mix of these two might work wonders for the country, in its national development programmes!


(AK Ramdas has worked with the Engineering Export Promotion Council of the ministry of commerce. He was also associated with various committees of the Council. His international career took him to places like Beirut, Kuwait and Dubai at a time when these were small trading outposts; and later to the US.)




3 years ago

Right approach. This could have been done earlier also, but then the reward to the corrupt ministers, officials and the Congress Party top bosses from the Foreign Exporters would not be there.


3 years ago

Setting the Bullet Train among the talk shows exposed how ignorant India really is. The Bullet Train is a lower cost, slower, more comfortable alternative for airline passengers. It works in Japan because of an abundance of cheap nuclear power and a culture of discipline, low crime. and universal prosperity. If India wants to provide Indian airline passengers with an alternative, a Zeppelin service would work much better. But why? India is already drowning under an excess of airline capacity on which the Khangress has squandered India's wealth. If it is the aspirational market being addressed, we could have high speed rides in BJP exhibitions in the four metros as in the Khangress exhibitions of yore. As for the railways, we need one. Clean, reliable,safe and economical. Desperately.



In Reply to SuchindranathAiyerS 3 years ago

Very strange thoughts indeed. Are you aware that China has gone in on a Large Scale for Bullet Trains. They have a 300 km/hr network, a 250 km/hr network and a 200km/hour network. I had a 10 day sightseeing tour of China erecently, where I could observe these trains. Mr. Aiyar should also take a trip. Apart from China many advanced countries ahve the bullet trains and not the Zepelins.

Shushrutha Bhatt

3 years ago

The purpose of the visit is multidimensional in nature. Kindly provide an analysis for other aspects of Indo-japan relations as well!

SEBI bars Amrit Projects, Magnox Infraprojects and Pinnacle Ventures from raising money

SEBI said, Amrit Projects mobilised Rs10.38 crore while Magnox Infraprojects and Pinnacle Ventures collected Rs2.31 crore and Rs3.85 crore from investors


Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) restricted three companies -- Amrit Projects (NE) Ltd, Magnox Infraprojects Ltd and Pinnacle Ventures India Ltd -- from raising funds by issuing securities.


The regulator also barred the three companies and their directors from accessing the stock markets.


SEBI said it found that these companies had raised money through issue of preference shares and as a result of such activities had violated various norms.


While Magnox Infraprojects and Pinnacle Ventures are Kolkata-based companies, Amrit Projects is based in Guwahati, Assam.


In three separate orders, SEBI directed these entities not to mobilise funds from investors through issuance of equity shares or any other securities, till further orders.


The companies and their respective directors have also been "prohibited from issuing prospectus or any offer document or issue advertisement for soliciting money from the public for the issue of securities, in any manner whatsoever, either directly or indirectly, till further orders".


Besides, the companies and its directors have also been restrained from accessing the securities market, SEBI said in the orders.


They have also been asked not to divert any funds raised from public at large and provide full inventory of all their assets and properties.


SEBI observed that the companies had issued shares to over 50 persons which under the rules made it a public issue of securities and hence would require a compulsory listing on a recognised stock exchange, among other requirements.


In the order against Amrit Projects, SEBI's initial probe has found that the company had mobilised funds amounting to about Rs10.38 crore during the financial years 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.


Similarly, Magnox Infraprojects had raised Rs2.31 crore while Pinnacle Ventures had mobilised an amount of Rs3.85 crore from investors.


Is Narendra Modi right in going back to Aadhaar?
Both Barack Obama and David Cameron-Nick Clegg stood by their words and abandoned national ID schemes. Unfortunately, Narendra Modi and BJP, which promised to scrap biometric Aadhaar during their election campaign, have gone back on their words
The US’ Department of Homeland Security is creating a global biometric system of identification and economic control, so that biometrics becomes the common international denominator identifying us to governments and corporations. Such a system destroys national sovereignty, removing control of the people over their government. This system threatens religious freedom, privacy, states’ rights, the rights of representation and our ability to redress grievances, state sovereignty and national sovereignty. -Mark Lerner in Systematic Plan for a Single Global Biometric ID System
The national identity card scheme represents the worst of government. It is intrusive and bullying, ineffective and expensive. It is an assault on individual liberty which does not promise a greater good. The Bill is, therefore, partly symbolic. It sends a message that the Government is going to do business in a different way. We are the servants of the people, not their masters, and every action that we take must be considered in that context.
-Theresea May, Secretary of State for the Home Department, UK while introducing Identity Documents Bill to abolish ID cards and the national identity register that contained the biographic and biometric fingerprint data of cardholders and to destroy all information recorded in the national identity register on 9 June 2010
Every institution is becoming an "inspection regime" - recording, watching, gathering information and storing data…the shadow of the prison, which is no longer separated from society as an institution of total surveillance. Instead, it is increasingly the general condition of society as a whole. Everyone is living under a surveillance panoptican in which living means living as criminals. It is part of a "military metaphysics" - a complex of forces that includes corporations, defense industries, politicians, financial institutions and universities.-Henry A Giroux in The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine
Businesses and governments exploit big data without regard for issues of legality, data quality, disparate data meanings, and process quality. This often results in poor decisions, with individuals bearing the greatest risk. - Marcus R. Wigan, University of Melbourne & Roger Clarke, Australian National University in "Big Data's Big Unintended Consequences," Computer, vol. 46
Heralding a hitherto unknown biometric- global economic system based on catalogued humanity, 28 January 2009 for India and 11 May 2005 for US has become one of the saddest days for civil rights due to the illegitimate advances of the State. On 28 January 2009, the Prime Minister headed Planning Commission issued a notification creating Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which failed to get Parliament’s endorsement despite repeated attempts. It functioned with Ram Sewak Sharma as its Director General from August 2009 to March 2013 under whose tenure Narendra Modi as Chief Minister of Gujarat was biometrically profiled for Aadhaar in spite of the fact that he himself had categorically questioned the legality and legitimacy of biometric data collection by Dr Manmohan Singh-led government. After that Sharma was made the Chief Secretary of Jharkhand, where he implemented Aadhaar related civilian schemes in violation of the Supreme Court’s order with impunity. He was appointed Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology from 1 May 2014 ahead of Modi assuming office of Prime Minister on 26 May 2014. Now, he has been given the additional charge of Secretary, Department of Telecommunications for three months with effect from 1 July 2014 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.  
On 11 May 2005 in the US, the Real ID Act for a national ID was rushed through US Congress and the US Senate with utmost urgency as part of a bundle of legislations, a toxic legacy of George Bush years. Following people’s resistance Barack Obama opposed it during his presidential campaign as a candidate of the Democratic Party and during his tenure as US President Real ID was declared “dead on arrival DOA” by Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Department of Homeland Security in July 2009. At least 43 US states have submitted legislation to oppose Real ID nationwide. Some 24 States have nullified the Real ID Act after passing laws against its implementation so far. 
In recent times, it all started with the US Department of Defence using the tragic event of 11 September 2001 as an excuse to get the first post-September 11 anti-terrorism legislation passed through its legislature. Now it has reached India’s Ministry of Defence, besides all the agencies of the central government. A letter from Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, Government of India on the subject “Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) in Central Government offices dated 11 August 2014 has been sent to DGQA, DGAQA, Directorate of Standardisation, Directorate of P&C, Defence Exhibition Organisation, OFB, New Delhi Office and Local Office of DPSUs. This letter was sent in response to a letter dated 4 August 2014 from Ram Sewak Sharma, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology addressed to Radha Krishna Mathur, Secretary, Department of Defence Production, and Union Ministry of Defence. In this regard an email dated 7 August 2014 was sent by Nandita Chaudhry, Deputy Director General, HOG, National Informatics Centre (NIC) Defence Informatics Division, and Government of India on subject of Aadhaar Based Biometric Attendance Monitoring System to concerned departments. 
The paragraph 5 of Ram Sewak Sharma’s letter reads, “I may add that the aforesaid attendance system has been in operation in the State of Jharkhand since 1 January 2014 and is being recently tried on Pilot Basis in the Department of Electronics & IT, Ministry of Communications & IT, New Delhi. You may like to visit the dashboard of the aforesaid system at and respectively for familiarization.” It adds that the preparatory step be taken in this regard by 10 August 2014 “keeping in view the urgency of the matter”.  
In India, Prime Minister headed Planning Commission’s UIDAI consistently said that the 12-digit unique identification (UID) number branded as aadhaar is meant for civilian application not meant for defence application. Aaadhar has emerged as an exercise in breach of trust reposed in the government by the citizens. From the outset, aadhaar was promoted as being ‘voluntary’ identification exercise for usual residents of India. Going back on its promise, it was made mandatory. Supreme Court heard the matter and passed the order saying it cannot be made mandatory. The introduction of Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System for central government employees is an act, which is manifestly in contempt of court. 
It must be recalled that as per Biometrics Design Standards for UID Applications prepared by UIDAI Committee on Biometrics headed by Dr BK Gairola, Director General, NIC, “From the standpoint of the biometrics industry, the UID system is a civilian application of biometrics. Although the primary focus is the UID system, the Committee believes that the specifications should meet the needs of all civilian applications.” Notably, Ram Sewak Sharma as Director General,  UIDAI was the Member and Convener of the UIDAI Committee on Biometrics. Dr C. Chandramauli, Registrar General of India (RGI), Union Ministry of Home Affairs, responsible for biometric National Population Register (NPR), was also one of the 10 members of this committee. This committee of Government of India was set up on 29 September 2009 under the signature of Ram Sewak Sharma. 
The report of the Committee categorically states its scope and unequivocally underlines that the UID/ aadhaar system is a civilian application. Given the fact that Director General, NIC headed this committee comprising of Ram Sewak Sharma that limited the application of UID system to civilian application, the letters of Ram Sewak Sharma in his role as Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology addressed to Radha Krishna Mathur, Secretary, Department of Defence Production, Union Ministry of Defence and the letter of Nandita Chaudhry, Deputy Director General, HOG, National Informatics Centre (NIC) seeking compliance with aadhaar based biometric attendance and monitoring is structurally problematic and constitutes serious dereliction of duty on their part.  This merits high level inquiry pending which the order seeking compliance with aadhaar based biometric attendance must be recalled in the interest of national security.     
It is a matter of record that the origins of the UID process within the US Department of Defense started under Michael Wynne, former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) during 2003- 2005. They signaled the arrival the UID industry. Within NATO, two documents deal so far with unique identification of items. The first one is standardization agreement, which was ratified in 2010. The second one is a "How to guide for NATO members willing to enter in the UID business”.  Its aim is to undertake universal identity surveillance by adopting these technologies. They have an ulterior motive of merging biometric ID database with the internet amidst legal uncertainty about privacy rights in general and electronic privacy rights in particular.
But quite unlike Obama and Democratic Party, who stood by his words and abandoned Real ID Act in US, Narendra Modi and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) that promised to scrap biometric aadhaar identification number during the prime ministerial election campaign has gone back on their words in a glaring and historic act of somersault compromising their trustworthiness for good.    
As has been the case in US, in UK too, Tony Blair-led Labour Party got The Identity Cards Act 2006 (c 15) passed from the Parliament of the United Kingdom to provide National Identity Cards based on demographic and biometric details like fingerprints and iris scan.
This was cited as an example by companies like WIPRO who worked for the Planning Commission to argue for UID/ aadhaar identification system for Indian residents.   
The coalition of Conservative and Liberal Democrat party in UK announced that the biometric ID card scheme would be scrapped. The current David Cameron-Nick Clegg government stood by their promise unlike Modi and got The Identity Cards Act repealed by the Identity Documents Act 2010 on 21 January 2011. "This marks the final end of the identity card scheme: dead, buried and crushed," UK Home Office Minister Damian Green said. "What we are destroying today is the last elements of the national identity register, which was always the most objectionable part of the scheme." Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister who was in India to meet Modi recently had participated in the civil disobedience campaigns by refusing to register for the biometric ID card.  
The fact is that US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to create a “Global Security Envelope of internationally shared biometric data that would permanently link individuals with biometric ID, personal information held by governments and corporations.”
The release of the Cabinet titled ‘Digital India – A programme to transform India into digital empowered society and knowledge economy’ issued by Press Information Bureau (PIB) on 20 August 2014 fits into the scheme of US’ DHS. PIB presents it as a follow up of the key decisions taken on the design of the programme during the meeting of the Prime Minister on Digital India Programme on 7 August 2014. This programme has been envisaged by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and implemented by the entire government at an overall estimated cost of Rs1 lakh crore in ongoing schemes and Rs13,000 crore for new schemes and activities. The power point presentation on the subject of Digital India issued by the PIB states, “The weaving together makes the Mission transformative in totality”. It claims that “Digital India is a Programme to prepare India for a knowledge future.” It reveals that the Programme pulls together many existing schemes. These schemes will be restructured and re-focused. They will be implemented in a synchronized manner. It underlines that the common branding of programmes is being referred to as Digital India to highlight their transformative impact. 
Framing cradle to grave “digital identity” -unique, lifelong, online and authenticable as infrastructure utility for every citizen, it claims to provide “Shareable private space on a public cloud” and “Safe and secure Cyber-space.” Digital India entails “Seamlessly integrated across departments or jurisdictions”, availability of all citizen entitlements, documents/ certificates and portability of all entitlements on the cloud. 
As per DeitY’s proposed programme, Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Phones, Public Internet Access Programme,  E-Governance – Reforming government through Technology , eKranti – Electronic delivery of services, Information for All, Electronics Manufacturing, Electronics Manufacturing – Target NET ZERO Imports, IT for Jobs and Early Harvest Programmes are nine pillars of Digital India. The fourth pillar envisages “Government Business Process Re-engineering using IT to improve transactions” through use of online repositories e.g. school certificates, voter ID cards, etc., integration of services and platforms – UIDAI, Payment Gateway, Mobile Platform, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), an electronic communication system that provides standards for exchanging data via any electronic means and electronic databases – all databases and information to be electronic.  EDI was developed in 1996 by US National Institute of Standards and Technology.  By adhering to the same standard, two different companies in two different countries can electronically exchange documents. It underlines that it is to be implemented across government because it is “critical for transformation”. 
A Monitoring Committee on Digital India comprising of Prime Minister as the Chairman and Finance Minister, Minister of Communications & IT, Minister of Rural Development, Minister of Human Resource Development and Minister of Health as members and Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Secretaries of Expenditure, Planning, DoT and Posts as Special Invitees with Secretary, DeitY as the Convener has been set up.  
A Digital India Advisory Group chaired by Minister of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) will supervise DeitY and an Apex Committee chaired by Cabinet Secretary will supervise the Line ministries and state governments along with DeitY.  
The words “transformation”, “digital identity”, “public cloud” and “secure cyber-space” used by Prime Minister headed Monitoring Committee on Digital India merit attention.
The word “transformation” is one of the latest conceptual weapons unleashed by World Bank through its e-Transform Initiative launched on 23 April 2010 at a World Bank Spring Meeting in collaboration with France, South Korea, Gemalto, IBM, L1, Microsoft, Pfizer and Intel attended by developing country ministers of finance and communications. The core idea is promote e-governance through e-identity to ensure convergence of private sector, public sector and citizens sector. Also, it will ensure 24 X 7 financial surveillance by the global institutions of imperial countries. The international financial and military institutions have initiated a transformational government project to which government seems to have subscribed unwittingly.  
The word “digital identity” is simply an echo of Bank’s e-identity, NATO’s unique identity, US Govt’s Real ID and INTERPOL’s proposed electronic identity card (e-ID) system. Notably, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K Noble emphasized the need for a globally verifiable electronic identity card (e-ID) system in April 2011 at the ID WORLD forum in the presence of Tariq Malik of Pakistan's National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA), World Bank Integrity Vice-President Leonard McCarthy, European Commission Head of International Affairs, Directorate General Home Affairs, Luigi Soreca, the UAE’s Head of Identity Authority, Ali Al Khouri besides Pakistan's Minister of Interior Rehman Malik, who was later found to be a British citizen by the Pakistan Supreme Court. Wikileaks revealed that Rehman Malik handed over the database of Pakistani citizens collected by NADRA to US agencies
“Public cloud” refers to a form of cloud computing in which a company relies on a third-party cloud service provider for services such as servers, data storage and applications, which are delivered to the company through the Internet. A public cloud can free companies from the potentially expensive costs of having to purchase, manage and maintain on-premises hardware and software infrastructure. This means citizens’ biometric data (the way it has happened with electoral data) will be available online for Big Data corporations of all ilk for data mining. In effect, the proposal of the new Government to put citizen’s documents and entitlements on public cloud ignores the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) on Information Technology on Cyber Crime, Cyber Security and Right to Privacy made in February 2014 revealing how aadhaar number and NPR number compromise national security and citizens’ sovereignty for good. The database of these numbers is being stored on cloud which is beyond India’s jurisdiction. The servility of the previous regime towards agencies like NSA and their infantile reactions recorded in the report of the PSC in the face of evidence that the entire union cabinet was under NSA's surveillance must be remembered as one of the dark chapters of Indian history. In their abject meekness Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) did not hide even an iota of information from the NSA but it has been reluctant to share its correspondence with Nandan Nilekani under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. But the new government does not appear to have factored disclosures by whistleblowers like Wikileaks, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. 
As to “secure cyber-space”, one thing which guaranteed in the cyber world is that no online database is ever secure. Will aadhaar database be more secure than those of Pentagon and NSA? 
Isn’t Government of India simply imitating the proposals of US, NATO, World Bank, INTERPOL and the initiative of Pakistan without examining its far reaching strategic implications refusing to learn to from China, Australia, UK, France and US who have abandoned national ID projects?
In India, states, municipalities, organisations, schools and media organisations and companies are already using biometrics, like facial recognition, digital fingerprinting and iris recognition without realizing that it is a slow methodical filling databases with personal-biometric information for global enrollment process underway.
Our personal sensitive data is being mined and owned by entities with ulterior motives. In the era of data science, isn’t our personal data being misused to spy on us and bombard us with motivated advertisements of all ilk? “Dataclysm: Who We Are” (When We Think No One’s Looking) authored by Christian Rudder, a mathematician reveals that our personal sensitive information is being abused. 
Our legislatures and even informed citizens have not pondered over the implications of information asymmetry between the citizen, state, government and the business enterprise. Michel Foucault noted long back that the prison begins well before its doors. It begins as soon as you leave your house - and even before.
Richard Thomas, as UK’s Information Commissioner prophetically said, "My anxiety is that we don't sleepwalk into a surveillance society." In an act of ultimate betrayal of trust, the Modi-led Government has reneged on its electoral promise on biometric aadhaar and is bulldozing Indians into a global surveillance regime, which is beyond the overall might of Government of India at the behest of agents of the empire. 
You may also want to read…


Why biometric identification of citizens must be resisted? Part I


Biometric identification is modern day enslavement -Part II


Biometric profiling, including DNA, is dehumanising -Part III


Marketing and advertising blitzkrieg of biometric techies and supporters -Part IV


History of technologies reveals it is their owners who are true beneficiaries -Part V


UID's promise of service delivery to poor hides IT, biometrics industry profits –Part VI


Technologies and technology companies are beyond regulation? -Part VII


Surveillance through biometrics-based Aadhaar –Part VIII


Narendra Modi biometrically profiled. What about Congress leaders?-Part IX


Aadhaar: Why opposition ruled states are playing partner for biometric UID? -Part X


Is Nandan Nilekani acting as an agent of non-state actors? –Part XI


Aadhaar and UPA govt's obsession for private sector benefits–Part XII


CIA-funded MongoDB partners with UIDAI to handle Aadhaar data –Part XIII


Are Indians being used as guinea pigs of biometric technology companies? -Part XIV


Aadhaar: Is the biometric data of human body immortal and ageless? Part XV


Aadhaar: The propaganda of transnational vested interests –Part XVI


Aadhaar: Pakistan handed over, India giving database on a platter– Part XVII


Engineered row in US-India relations, an attention diversion tactics of big brothers?—Part XVIII


Aadhaar: UIDAI and the ‘fifth column’ of Napoleon—Part XIX


Aadhaar: Turning citizens into subjects through social control technology companies –PartXX


Why Kejriwal govt in Delhi should abandon biometric Aadhaar?—Part XXI


Aadhaar for LPG: Oil companies, Ministry of Petroleum & UIDAI disobeying Supreme Court order–Part XXII


Why Vasundhara Raje should immediately withdraw circulars making Aadhaar mandatory -Part XXIII


How Congress has been proven wrong on biometric Aadhaar and NPR -Part XXIV


Aadhaar, NPR, UN resolution and deafening silence of political parties –Part XXV


Is Congress converging UID numbers of EVMs and Indian voters? –Part XXVI


Is our political class trapped by economic hit men from database empires? -Part XXVII


Aadhaar & database risks: Will India evaporate to become nobody in our life time? –Part XXIX


How BJP’s Yashwant Sinha is wrong about ‘biometric’ National Population Register –Part XXX


Aadhaar: The lies of Nilekani and Congress over biometric profiling –Part XXXI


Why the PMO is hiding behind Election Commission on Nilekani’s resignation? -Part XXXII


Who allowed merger of voter database with the illegal Aadhaar? Part XXXIII

Has Nilekani followed Pakistan’s NADRA in creating, enforcing Aadhaar? –Part XXXIV



How biometric IDs can stir 'the Pot' and lead to civil war? -Part XXXV



Will Nandan Nilekani be held accountable for violating service conduct rules and citizens’ rights? Part XXXVI



(Gopal Krishna is member of Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL), which is campaigning against surveillance technologies since 2010)





3 years ago


Mahesh S Bhatt

3 years ago

Also Nandan Nilekani lost in Bangalore MP seat to BJP so why is UIDAI being supported.

Nandan Nilekani lost by a margin of close to 2.3 lakh votes defeated by Ananth Kumar who is no where in Modi camp as he supported Advani.

Yippee IT so called expert hunts in Delhi for survival after failed Narayan Murthy's INFY second outing.

Job hunt simply for overqualified failed Public life servant rehab scheme may be.

Ye Modi aur hare huye Jaitley jisne Modi ko Godhra Riots se bachaya uska phal hai.

Yeh Jan Adesh ko di gayi Izzat Hai


Mahesh S Bhatt

3 years ago

In Mera Bharat Mahaan we have Online IT Tax return but no Online FIR logging capabilities.

We have Modi supporting Mukesh in Gas peice hike to $ 6 but not checking global rates where we would be No.2 after Brazil.

Our telecom networks are porous/our ministry's are bugged/our mails are on gmail/hotmail easy target for survelliance.

None of the Minister has been proven corrupt & Lokpal is diluted with few thousands ministers handsomely corrupt.

But beauty is Government wants common man clean.

Good news is Amma ( Jayalalita) has rejected UIDAI citing mass scale social unrest if implemented & drastic reduction in Center's assistance in key fundings for social upliftment.

Modi's MLA in Gujrat Govind Patel was proxy broker in corrupt land deal in Rajkot that's personal experience.

We have failed Loksabha MP given Finance ( in lieu of experienced Yashwant Sinha)& Defence portfolio who is Tech/Financially non qualified.

Undergrad Modi's aide Smriti Irani holding key HRD ministry.

Bihar by poll loss is beginning of Modi's failure to gauge the pulse of poor state of economy & inflation.

So better he works out there first.Amen Mahesh


3 years ago

Biometric card is a national waste of resources and intrusion into one's privacy, and tool to discriminate people according to whatever parameters the rulers decide

Victor Raj

3 years ago

This PM of UPA III is getting directions from SG or MMS or US?

irfan ahmed

3 years ago

BJP Govt is in the process of handing over database of Indians biometric ID (Aadhaar) to US and its allied corporations and countries. It is following the path of govts of Hosni Mubarak and Zardari. People will not forgive BJP's betrayal.

M S Prabhakar

3 years ago

Nandan Nilekani's Aadhaar (UIDAI) is an unviable idea. When the scheme goes beyond data collection and enters the phase of implementation of real benefits, its true identity as the most NON-UNIQUE IDENTIFIER will emerge. See two excellently researched articles (not referenced in the section: "You may also want to read...")

1. India's ID card scheme – drowning in a sea of false positives, by David Moss (March 2011) [see ]
2. How UIDAI goofed up pilot test results to press forward with UID scheme, by MONEYLIFE DIGITAL TEAM | 18/03/2011 [see ]


Ram Das

In Reply to M S Prabhakar 3 years ago

In that case, you should also read response to Mr. Moss by Murali Chirala. Mr. Moss needs to learn basic statistics before multiplying random set of numbers. His analysis is simply mathematically wrong. Ask any qualified statistician.

M S Prabhakar

In Reply to Ram Das 3 years ago

Of course, I've read Murali Chirala's reply and the detailed technical rebuttals by David Moss and Mark Lerner. I am a well-qualified consultant on advanced technologies and in many situations, qualified statisticians and mathematicians also consult me. Next time when I get an opportunity, I'll take your advice and ask them, too. Not that I can never be wrong, but I generally do my homework well before I comment. In this case, I believe the conclusions on false positives by David Moss is correct and his fears are well justified.

This is not a forum for mathematical discussions, hence I'll desist from a giving technical justification. However, I do realize that our ex-PM fell for a suggestion by Nandan Nilekani in his book "Imagining India". I do not think whether Nandan had done enough research before he made this suggestion in his book. I strongly believe other reputations of Nandan's background influenced the creation of UIDAI. It was a self-imposed trap out of which Nandan could not extricate himself out. I would have expected Nandan Nilekani to give a detailed technical rebuttal to David Moss. He hasn't, and being a smart person (in hindsight, not in matters concerning technology), I guess he never would.

Incidentally, I took a keen interest on the only implementation of Aadhaar (LPG benefits registration) and found no biometrics being recorded before bank accounts were linked to LPG registration numbers. How would the much-touted "direct benefits transfer" be ensured that they go to the right persons, if the LPG linkage has by-passed all biometric authentications?

Please do not live in an imaginary universe where people with inflated reputations (like Manmohan Singh and Nandan Nilekani) can play havoc with our society just to preserve their egos.


In Reply to M S Prabhakar 3 years ago

Sir, with all due respect to your Math and Stats credentials, It is hard to digest your comment of "true identity as the most NON-UNIQUE IDENTIFIER will emerge" what is the possibility that a same Aadhaar no. may point to multiple person?

irfan ahmed

In Reply to Ram Das 3 years ago

The very basis of uniqueness of Biometric aadhaar is flawed. US studies have found biometrics to be inherently fallible. is there a part of human body which does not change with time.


3 years ago

NaMo is absolutely right in going back to AADHAR.
1 Every person in a developed country has an ID apart from the Passport since everybody need not and does not need a Passport. This ID is required at many places e.g. while boarding a Domestic flight, at restricted entry places etc etc. What do we have? Driving License for those who have it? Or Ration Card which does not carry even a Photograph of the person. Any ID First of all must carry the Photograph since it is the Primary Identity of a person. Fingerprints, Optical Identity (by looking in the camera) come later. Also the Magnetic Strip on the ID which contains Volumes of Information about the Person is an Important Part where scanning facilities are provided. So there no question about every Indian having an ID.
2 Now the question comes to AADHAR. In a typical INDIAN way for AADHAR we invented the wheel again. Like Chinese we should have just copied the American and German ID even askking for their Assistance and only added a few things to suit our conditions.
3 Now the question is who should carry out the work further. It should be again Nilekani who knows the ins and outs of the existing system and also the best person to know what went wrong, where. He may be assisted in the task by two other stalwarts, Vijay Bhatkar and Sam Pitroda. These people belong to INDIA and not Congress and the Government should have no hesitation in offering them the task and they hopefully will accept the Challenge.
4 This time we should not invent the wheel again and ask for the assistance of the American and the German Governments. It is not an insult to ask for assistance to make something better.


Anand Doctor

In Reply to Ravindra 3 years ago

Mr. Ravindra,

1.While a photo Id is certainly important, it need not be bio-metric. You quote the example of developed countries but missed out on the fact that the same developed countries refused bio-metric ids.
2.As to who should handle it, the people who brought it so far have clearly defrauded the Indian public, acted without legal authorisation from the parliament and created huge security lapses and privacy violations. As for Mr. Nilekani, did he not fight elections on a Congress ticket? How can any prudent person trust these people?

Ram Das

In Reply to Anand Doctor 3 years ago

Let us get facts right
1. In the US, most states take fingerprints before issuing driver's license.
2. Every naturalized citizen of the US needs to provide fingerprints.
3. Most western countries require biometrics for issuing visa.
Two most populous countries beside india, China and Indonesia have biometric national ID cards.
Will facts change The author's views? No because the author's conclusions do not require facts, only blind faith in his own beliefs.

irfan ahmed

In Reply to Ram Das 3 years ago

Get your facts right about REAL ID Act of USA and abandonment of national register of citizens by China. Under Indian law collection of biometric data is illegal. It can be collected only under Identification of Prisoner Act with the permission of Magistrate. Even this has to be destroyed on acquittal. Do read the Act.

sohan modak

3 years ago

Narendra Modi is making a huge mistake by playing into the hands of UPA's and Nilekani's Aadhar that sold out every Indian citizen's privacy to US agencies/corporations with Nilkani and his supporters pocketing greenbacks.



In Reply to sohan modak 3 years ago

Very childish and prejuduced.


3 years ago

Happy to join. Shall be sending you the money. Regards,

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