When I begin to write this, I don’t know how many of you would have an aadhar number for your own. When advertisements flourish recommending, rather commanding its viewers, to register for an aadhar card, I would like to give you a tour into the inside jobs of running a massive unique identification operation.
Well, to begin off, UIDAI (Unique identification Authority of India) is actually a non-registered organization that proudly stands on a land which was at the pinnacle of a giant dispute between the BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) and the MTNL (Mahanagar Telecomm Nigam Limited). According to my resources, the dispute still continues, but the UIDAI enjoys the all the benefits of the land, at a remarkably reduced price. The land allocation is filled with corruption so much so from all corners that you can’t judge where it began or where it would cease.
What I wish to talk about is not associated with land allocation. And frankly, orruption is the backbone of Indian economy without which the Indian democracy will go into a deep freeze. Corruption happens everywhere, from movie theaters to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Most Indians would lay back on their cushions and take a deeper breath at the word, because to them, it has become a sweet lullaby rather than a severe mistake. So let me leave it where it is right now, because the issue was taken up by the India Against Corruption bureau and the case still goes on.
The trap of the Aadhar issue lies in a more demonic form. When every Indian is assigned a 12-numbered code for identification, the story furnished by the ministry is one that makes all Indians proud. A person who spends his nights in the cold streets, a landless man who can’t earn a bare minimum of Rs 50 a day, could now proudly own a Unique Identification Number. Great isn’t it? The advertisements on Aadhar makes you think that you deserve a unique identification because you are a ‘respected’ citizen of this great country. What the advertisements doesn’t show and the ministers don’t talk about like the usual scenario is not just corruption, but something more serious than a group of buffoons stealing all your hard earned money.
The UIDAI uses a bio-metric identification pattern. Your fingerprints and eyes get scanned to ensure ‘proper’ identification. But the standards for bio-metric data collection were never met, when many developed countries never expose their citizens to such a scan, countries like Canada additionally has given each citizen the benefits of data erasure if required, no such warnings or grants were given by the Indian government. The part where the problem becomes prominent is when you identify the system of data storage used by UIDAI. All the data, the bio-metric data that talks not only about your locational details but also your personal details is stored in a platform called MongoDB, which is an US based database offering company funded by CIA.
What? CIA? Well don’t get all worried now, because all your pride and joy of owning a unique identification by now would have reached the safe hands of the ones who need it the most. I hope that no particular introduction is required for CIA, they could snoop behind your backs and could even catch you reading these words, but it is true, they have been the most effective, yet the most dangerous intelligence wing any country could come up with.
The 12 number code once entered into the MongoDB should bring a great photograph of yourself, your eyes, and the scanned image of your fingerprint. Well, that maybe exactly what the CIA could ask for out of an ally country, complete transparency!
The recent budget boost given to the Aadhar scheme was boosted by some Rs 142.32 billion. Yes, and half of our population still goes on every night severely hungry. Why would the government hurry on such a scheme and make it almost compulsory for everyone, when they could not even assure food security for its population? Well the answer is simple and could be stated by the foll. reasons:
1. The Aadhar-enabled payment system is what would eventually happen. Instead of commodities given at a subsidized rate, cash would be given because according to the govt. cash is more flexible and necessary for the population. And before you get all head over heels on the program, think about what would happen. The FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) has already assured corporates worldwide of a fertile land to sow their seeds on, and by removing the subsidy for products and in turn handling matters by cash would only make the land more fertile, which is exactly what the government wants. The government is backed by certain powerful corporations and you know they care about nothing else. The idea shows how pathetic the government is, because they are planning to desert the people for the sake of these corporations and the common man would eventually find himself in WALMART for the sake of containing the hunger.
2. The whole Public Distribution to be frank is a complete disaster. And there is no better way of hiding the flaws than to introduce something that would at the first glance be miraculous for the common man. Indeed, the Aadhar enabled payment scheme is nothing but magic to the average man’s eyes, but with time he would know the black market rates of corporates.
3. There is a hidden agenda, which I am sure would not have slipped past the ministry’s eyes. The CIA would get to the details, if they have not gotten them by now. With over 10 lac Aadhar cards issued every single day, imagine the data that would accumulate in the MongoDB. Priceless if you ask a CIA agent. I wonder how the UIDAI chairman would be feeling about this, he is one of the richest men in India today.
Personally, I have got nothing against a standardized identification system. It is good, but in no way a necessity in the current scenario. And Aadhar on the first view would seem ok. But if you dig deeper, I am sure you would find dirtier lies and improper politics. For now, go and take the Aadhar test, kyonki ye aapka adhikar hai (‘because it is your right’, strange isn’t it?).
- Inside India’s Aadhar, The World’s Biggest Biometrics Database (techcrunch.com)
- Once again, Nilekani justifies Aadhar! (rediff.com)
- Why Aadhaar card worries the Intelligence Bureau (rediff.com)
- Should We Get Hysterical About the ‘CIA Funded’ Company MongoDB Working with Aadhaar? (nextbigwhat.com)
- CIA-Linked Tech Startup MongoDB Helping Create India’s Biometric ID Database (leaksource.wordpress.com)