[Reader-list] Why is Adhaar so controversial?

Patrice Riemens patrice at xs4all.nl
Fri Jun 23 07:38:20 CDT 2017

Spoilr alert: it doesn't give an answer - the last sentence of the clip 
is "But - what are the risks?"


Aadhar: Why is India's biometric scheme so controversial?

The Indian government is in the midst of enrolling all of its citizens 
in the world’s largest domestic biometric identification system. Aadhar, 
which means foundation, started as a voluntary programme to help Indians 
get food subsidies and welfare benefits.

But the government has now made it mandatory and wants the ID to be 
linked to things like tax returns, phone numbers and bank accounts. More 
than a billion cards have been issued, but the scheme is deeply 
controversial. Justin Rowlatt explains.

Produced and edited by Prem Boominathan.

Cheerio, p+2D!

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