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Indian Government Is Trying To Get Complete Control Over Information
Techno Legal News And Views Journalists, India Thursday, June 24, 2010

So many unconstitutional projects are bing pushed by the Indian Government in the name of public welfare and national interest.Aadhar and UID projects are classic cases. Indian public should stop being so naive and realize the threats on civil liberties which the Government imposes on us, writes Ram K Kaushik in Techno Legal News And Views Journalists.

India has been pushing “unconstitutional projects” in the name of welfare schemes and national interest. Projects like Aadhar/UID project, Natgrid, CCTNS, etc are simply illegal and unconstitutional. Even the Natgrid project has been stalled due to lack of procedural safeguards and adequate privacy protection. Similarly, Aadhar project and UIDAI are both not governed by any law at all.


The real reasons for the launch of projects like Aadhar are to enhance e-surveillance capabilities of India that also without any procedural safeguards. At the same time to provide unregulated and unreasonable e-surveillance, Internet censorship and website blocking powers upon itself and its agencies, Indian government amended the sole cyber law of India i.e. information technology act 2000 (IT Act 2000) through the information technology amendment act 2008 (IT Act 2008).

However, Indian government and its agencies cannot achieve these unconstitutional tasks without having a complete control over information, both online and offline. For online information, it is forcing tech companies like Google to screen online contents. Some of my colleagues have constantly maintained that many of their news reports have been systematically deleted by Google India.


As far as offline information is concerned, project like Aadhar, Natgrid, National Census, etc would provide complete database of Indian citizens and those residing in India. This is the real reason why projects like Aadhar have been imposed even despite stiff resistance from civil liberty activists. Even Nandan Nilekani has adopted the method of bureaucratisation by promising for a privacy and data protection law for Aadhar project and UIDAI but delivering nothing but loud and empty words.

Meanwhile, the Indian government “once again” announced that it would enact data protection and privacy law for India.


It is surprising that Indians are so gullible that they do not understand the purpose of these unconstitutional projects. With a complete control over the information of Indian citizens, their lives would be a real hell as we are not governed by a good government and intelligent bureaucracy. Choice is yours: protest or face the consequences.



This article was published in the Techno Legal News And Views Journalists on Thursday, June 24, 2010. Please read the original article here.
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