Aadhar and the Anxieties the System Triggers

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On Wednesday, a picture of Nandan Nilekani’s tweet to another Twitter user asking not to complain about his Aadhar card that came with the wrong address because once a person signs the acknowledgement he doesn’t have room to complain, was doing the rounds on social media. And, co-incidentally here God’s own state of Kerala, critic and social activist P.P Sathyan during the book launch of “Aadhar Aarku Vendi, Enthinu?” (Aadhar: Why and For Whom?) and for discussed the anxieties one should bear in mind while enrolling into a common system. 

The book speaks about the roots of a system that was born from the German holocaust and how the people who propagated the Unique Identification System are American spy networks and their corporate counterparts.

Unique Identification came into effect in India under the pretext of avoiding “ghost IDs” or duplicate IDs which were causing leakages of more than 30 percent of government funds.

aadhaar1The system saw itself in place in about three to four years time, by entering a good chunk of the population’s finger print impressions of their ten fingers as well as their eye impression.

Kerala was one of those states where people silently abided by the rules and went for the Aadhar card as soon as murmurs of it being compulsory for getting a gas connection and other subsidies came into being.

But are we thinking beyond this? Does this twelve digit number bring more harm than good? Sathyan decided to embark on this journey, though much voice was created when the plans to implement came about even against the decision of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, Aadhar it came into being nevertheless.

A census or survey of this mass scale, documenting everything about an individual took place only during the German genocide.

Kerala’s Leader of the Opposition, VS Achuthanadan agrees, and he says, “Germany, with the help of corporates like IBM, did something of the same sort. You are giving someone somewhere access to everything about you. Let us not forget that the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat did something similar too. . . they took data from the voter’s list”

Sathyan also reminds that a good share of countries have rejected the process of “Common IDs” and that a little number of countries like India, Kenya, Afghanistan and France has agreed to the system. On the other hand, countries like Canada, United Kingdom, United States of America and Australia have condemned the system. Meanwhile in India even in a small state like Jharkhand Aadhar is being made compulsory to even get married.

PP Sathyan’s book launch took place at the Press Club Hall in the presence of people like film maker Lenin Rajendran, and VS Achuthanandan.