Aadhaar Is A Digital Panopticon And Is The Worst Human Rights Nightmare Of The World

Aadhaar is a Digital Panopticon and is the worst Human Rights nightmare of the World. India cannot be trusted with issues like Civil Liberties, Privacy, Data Protection and Human Rights Protection in Cyberspace. That is why we at PTLB have created a “No Aadhaar Zone” that is an “Aadhaar Cancer Free Zone”.

Aadhaar is an Orwellian project of highest magnitude and is the worst Digital Panopticon of the Human History. Aadhaar is also a classic example how Rule of Law and Constitution can be compromised by a collusion of Executive, Judiciary and Parliament. There is no second opinion that Supremacy of Constitution is no more there in India.

Irrespective of these negative developments and “Digital Emergency” that are in existence in India, some brave warriors are still fighting against unconstitutional and Orwellian Aadhaar. But none can deny the fact and truth that Indian Supreme Court is passing through a time worst than the Jabalpur Era time. The Emergency imposed by Congress was limited for some years but the Digital Emergency imposed by the BJP is perpetual and soon Indians would face very dangerous consequences of Aadhaar.

So far the Aadhaar Crimes have been reported in the form of data breaches, cyber security breaches, deaths due to denial of food and healthcare, social exclusions, denial of employment and employment related discriminatory issues, etc. We at PTLB are already in a tussle with Indian Government as we are working to Scrap Aadhaar and we would not allow Indian Government and its Ministries/Departments to hide behind the facade and political rhetoric of Aadhaar.

All the policies and schemes of Indian Government are political rhetoric to fool Indians and to deny them of their legitimate Human Rights and Fundamental Rights. We have given critical evaluation of each and every such political rhetoric of BJP Government whether it relates to pension scheme for farmers and small traders, benefits for MSMEs and startups, employments lies, loans lies, etc.

What we have seen in our 10 years fight against unconstitutional and Orwellian Aadhaar is that Aadhaar would never empower Indians. By its very design Aadhaar is meant for either Death or Digital Slavery for perpetuity. So there is no case for keeping this menace in India as it would plague the future generations too. Parents are enrolling their children without realising the dangers of Aadhaar and many of them treat it as a privilege.

I am happy that other countries have escaped from this “Human Rights Cancer” and I strongly recommend that they should stay thousand miles away from this menace. As for Indians, they must fight back and demand scrapping of unconstitutional Aadhaar. The starting point can be non use of Aadhaar for PAN, tax returns, banks, mobile SIM connections, etc. Indian Government is using coercion and fear to oppress Indians with this Digital Slavery but it is worth to stay free and safe by boycotting Aadhaar.

Another Failure Of Digital India Project Is The RTI Portal Of Modi Government

The amount of money that Modi Government wasted on advertisements and propaganda to promote Digital India could have been better utilised by using it for technology and pushing use of electronic records and Digital India in Government Departments and Ministries like MSME.

Narendra Modi Government has been advertising about Digital India project since 2014 but till June 2019 the project has remained a big failure. From Government Departments/Ministries to basic level public service portals, everything is in bad shape.

We at PTLB Projects are already working upon to bring transparency and accountability in Government Departments/Ministries on the one hand to strengthen Digital India on the other. We have launched many successful Digital India projects like TeleLaw Project that have actually made Digital India successful.

But on the Government side the position is really bad. Ministries like MSME are openly flouting Digital India norms and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is silent on the same. First we lodged a grievance with the PMO and the grievance officer of PMO sat upon the grievance. It is only after we filed the Right to Information (RTI) application, that the grievance was forwarded to Ministry of MSME.

But this has given rise to another problem. The RTI portal of Modi Government is in a very bad shape and it proves that Digital India is a political rhetoric. Compare the RTI portal of Modi Government with RTI portal of Delhi Government (AAP), and differences are very clear. If RTI portal of Delhi gets a score of 8 out of 10 (greater being good), the RTI portal of Modi Government would hardly get 4 out of 10.

The RTI portal of Modi Government has a unique feature. It completes everything, including payment deduction, and then flashes a message of failed filing. Applicants have to run after the portal administrator for 2 days to get the RTI application number. Without the RTI application number the application would not be pursued further though the concerned Department/Ministry is aware about the filing and contents of such RTI application.

We filed an RTI application before PMO on 01-07-2019 and till the time of writing of this article, the RTI application number has not been generated. The portal claims that a maximum time of 48 hours is taken to manually tally the payment to the RTI application but even that time period is over.

What is frustrating is the fact that this is not a one time experience but a regular process at the portal. Still neither the portal nor the Modi Government deemed it fit to remove this nuisance.

(1) Update I (04-07-2019): Even after 3 days and deduction of Rs. 10 for filing the RTI Application at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the RTI Application has still not been registered. When we tried to file a second RTI Application to PMO, the RTI portal collapsed and it remained so till late evening.

(2) Update II (04-07-2019): Despite many e-mail reminders and Twitter discussions, the DoPT failed to tally the payment of Rs. 10 with the RTI Application filed on 01-07-2019. Frustrated with the bad e-governance and worst e-delivery of services in India, we were forced to file a second RTI Application on 04-07-2019. However the second RTI Application also faced similar fate. RTI Portal of Modi Government is a big failure and shouting slogans of Digital India and Digital India New India is futile.

(3) Update III (04-07-2019): On the contrary the RTI Portal of Delhi disposed off our RTI Application in just 1 day. This is incredibly good and Digital India project of Modi Government is in serious trouble. It is devoid of any e-delivery and digital empowerment goals.

(4) Update IV (05-07-2019): After much follow up, the RTI at PMO was finally registered today. While RTI Portal of Delhi Government is instantly registering the RTIs yet RTI Portal of Modi Government is taking 4 days just to register and communicate the RTI  number. Now think how much time would be taken by Modi Government to dispose off the RTI Application. On the other hand, RTI Applications in the Chief Minister Office (CMO) and Deputy Chief Minister Office  (DyCMO) of Delhi are moving in a 1 day cycle. So a RTI filed before Delhi Govt is not only instantly filed but it is also forwarded for prompt action within 1 day and this includes the time of filing of RTI Application too.