[ BOOKS ] ✯ Aadhaar Author Shankkar Aiyar – Lalaweek.us

Aadhaar A Complex Tale Of Idealism, Negotiation And Realpolitik Records How A Revolution Was EngineeredAadhaar Was Born In July 2009, Yoking Modern Technology And Management Expertise To Political Will The Biometric Based Unique Identification System, Built By Tech Czar Nandan Nilekani And His Team Of Innovators, Was Designed To Enable Subsidies And Social Spends Reach Their True Destination, Plug Institutional Corruption And Save Trillions Of Tax Rupees In July 2017, Aadhaar Is 1.15 Billion Identities And Growing.In Aadhaar A Biometric History Of India S 12 Digit Revolution, Senior Journalist Shankkar Aiyar Traces The History Of This Ambitious, Controversial Undertaking He Speaks With President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi And Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram, Yashwant Sinha, Rahul Gandhi And Others To Document How Politicians With Diametrically Opposed Ideologies Were Equally Determined To Propel Aadhaar.Aiyar Maps How Aadhaar S Application Expanded Beyond Its Original Intent He Researches Its Ups, Downs And Turnarounds Discusses The Concerns Of Activists And Bureaucrats On Potential Misuse Of The Database For State Surveillance Raises The Urgent Need For A Data Protection And Privacy Law And Spells Out The Solutions.An Unusual Contemporary Dramatization, This Book Is A Breathless Ride Through Recent Changes In India S Political And Economic Landscape.

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  1. says:

    The book gives a good overview of how Aadhaar came into existence, exploring the economic, political and social contours of the birth of UID The author delves into the history of Aadhaar and the machinations behind the scenes which made it possible to survive two successive governments with widely varying ideologies It also does give a good overview of the different personalities who made it happen The author gives a good historical timeline of the UID project from it s conception leading upto it s near ubiquity.The book is well researched and the treatment is mostly unbiased though I would have liked it to explore about the technological failings of Aadhaar In the epilogue though it does go into much detail about how Aadhaar can be used for surveillance, the information power asymmetry between the data gatherers The state and private enterprises and private individuals and the lack of proper redressal avenue in case of failures Th...


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    Ever since it was introduced, Aadhaar has been a widely debated topic in India This book by Shankkar Aiyar is excellent in tracing the history of Aadhaar ever since it was first conceptualized by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, launched by the Manmohan Singh government, and finally taken forward by the current Modi government The book covers the evolution of India s 12 Digit Revolution in a superb manner, complete with all the necessary dates and information about the personnel involved.The book highlights all the challenges Aadhaar has faced till now and finally ends...


  3. says:

    2.5 5 Not as well written as his earlier book Accidental India A bit dry, written in textbook style with information than insights.


  4. says:

    A well researched, well written book I never knew what it took to create AADHAAR system I used to take it as just another government project.The way people from government private sector came forward to make AADHAR happen at ...


  5. says:

    You think, looking at the title that there would be a lot of analysis and substance in this book But sadly it s of a narration of several newspaper articles stitched together.


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    Couldn t find a better book to read at a time when Aadhaar and the controversies surrounding it have become a daily affair Right from data privacy to where Aadhaar can be used are debated and legislations framed on this basis.Coming to the book it a well researched book by the author and covers the entire period from when the project was conceptualised and the key players and decision makers involved in making this project stand on its feet as of today The Congress govt under MMS had desperately wanted Aadhaar to succeed at a time when the economy wasn t doing well and cases of corruption against the government had reached an all time high, the mood was of gloom and the state of the Government finances were in a extremely bad shape and the govt had marketed Aadhar as one of the ways to reduce corruption and ensure all benefits reach the intended beneficiaries.The opposition on the other hand from day one weren t too convinced about this project as there were numerous attempts in the past to create a national registry but no one of them took full shape In spite of numerous objections the Congress govt implemented Aadhar under the UIDAI and stated the national roll out in 2010.O...


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    Aadhar is a unique global project providing biometric identity to every resident of India Mired in controversy since its inception, the project has still managed to scale in an unparalleled way The platform now has than 1.1 billion enrollments, making it nothing like any other technology platform anywhere in the world.This has been achieved only in the last eight years or so across two different governments Fit for use solution approach, specificity of purpose, and creating politically relevant uses cases has kept the platform alive and kicking.Jotting down this contemporary history is always difficult, with all key actors very much around and active in public life The author however has captured their thoughts, challenges, and emotions and presented them in a transparent way, making this book a fascinating read...


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    It is a proof, that good ideas will see the light in spite of difference between political ideologies The uncertainties, debacles, questions, intense criticism are only to make the idea sharp and effective Aadhaar is the Proof of resilience of the govt, people who want better governance Still lot needs to done, periodic review, authenticity, security, execution have to be made seamless for benefits to be truly democratized Book covers various spectrum s of Idea1 What is Identity 2 How can technology be used to provide Effective Identity 3 How can govt plan to use this identity to target, deliver benefits to deserving, financial inclusion4 What the faults, glitches, process of exclusions in the System 5 How the political dram is played around it 6 Privacy vs Performance Effectiveness vs Equality7 People who contributed for Aadhaar System are refereed prolifically.Shankkar Aiyar, does a very good jo...


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    Aadhar A Biometric History of India s 12 Digit Revolution is a well researched chronicle of how India built the world s largest identity platform in a short time Shankkar Aiyar, the author has made commendable efforts to compile various facts, he interviewed several people and traced the history of events which lead to the birth of Aadhar Card As evident, there was a dire need to establish a unique identity for every citizen of the country in order to enable smooth functioning The absence of a unique identity made it difficult to track the people who needed help Corruption, loopholes and other obstacles made the development very difficult The book, thus covers up the entire process of developing a unique identity platform, the benefits as well as challenges that it faces today..I like the fact that the things are presented in an objective way It would be an interesting read if you are ...


  10. says:

    To establish I am who I claim I am is much complex puzzle than we generally think And to create an ecosystem ensuring identity for one sixth of humanity is mammoth task having no parallel in history Aadhar A Biometric History of India s 12 Digit Revolution captures this inspiring and exciting story of creation UIDAI and Aadhar Being a heterogeneous institution, UIDAI was and is different from other government initiatives Book narrates this uniqueness as well as politics, economics, technology and sociology behind the idea of Aadhar Book also touches legal and security related aspects associated with the project This is mu...

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