Waiting With Bated Breath

December 27th, 2010

I am waiting for my Aadhar (my UID), when my turn comes. But, when will it come? I had always considered opting out… as I have come to understand, it’s purely voluntary. Voluntary?!

But, will I be able to buy a bus or a train ticket or plane ticket without one? Perhaps book a movie ticket? The paranoid multiplexes may ask for my Aadhar.
For once, we are taking up what’s been rejected by the West (in this case the UK), and with so much gusto.

The UID project comes in benevolent packaging. However claims of good intentions can be sustained only with complete transparency of objectives and participatory processes instead of trying to push through projects with PR and stealth.

I know someone will be watching over me…a la God! Protect me? Or, perhaps protect the State!
Give all the ID cards and then slowly we could opt for the embedded chips within the body. That would make it much easier for the “whomsoever it may concern”. Then, a cyborg I can be.
Maybe, further down the years it could be the gene card too to go with it.. and perhaps even replace it. That would make it easy to give everything (absolutely everything) about me…!! Do we want that? Yes, now that IT firm are set to make big bucks from the project… the gene card could help the biotech companies… the BT that failed to be the IT.

Many people, organisations and even some politicians were questioning the viability of the NID project. The NID scheme is said to have been aimed at tackling fraud, illegal immigration and identity theft—but it was criticised for being too expensive and an infringement of civil liberties.

Perhaps, the least that needs to be done is that UIDAI should make a case to justify why what was rejected in the UK is good for India. It’s surprising how the mainstream media has gone with the idea and has failed to publicise the reports that the UK has rejected the UID primarily because of concerns regarding civil liberties.

The argument, to ensure access to government services is probably due to a lack of information and distorted power structures and an opaque process consisting of fingerprint readers, mobile connectivity and centralised verification will probably not empower the disenfranchised.

But, I am an Indian. Privacy and civil liberties don’t matter to me.

Common sense prevailed over the British and they decided to do away with their ID plan “to reduce the control of the state over decent, law-abiding people and hand power back to them”.

“What’s good for the gander is good for the goose.” That’s what I always believed.
I have never had a tattoo. Maybe I will tattoo my Aadhar so that I don’t have to carry it around all the time.
P.S.: Ever given a thought to the NATGRID?!

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