What is the purpose of the Aadhaar card? It is proof of identity and residence - not citizenship. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) collects the biometrics of individuals residing in India — iris prints, fingerprints, demographic details, etc.— and issues you a unique number with which you can be identified anywhere and for validating any transaction.

It is the ultimate weapon a police state can possess – and currently the Aadhaar card operates under no law, and has no legislation to protect the privacy of your data. Read More

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