14 February, 2018
Data Protection and Pragmatism
On Ajay Shah's blog, Suyash Rai, a researcher at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, sheds light on various aspects of data protection. Excerpts:
"A Committee constituted by the Central Government is working on a data protection law. The White Paper publ...
11 January, 2018
Failure of the Aadhaar Act holds who accountable?
This Livemint article questions the accountability mechanisms incase the Aadhaar Act fails.
"The UIDAI did not initiate criminal prosecution against any of the 210 government websites that displayed the details of Aadhaar number holder, nor did it file an FIR against Airtel, when it wa...
29 December, 2017
Official Launch of Aadhaar: A Biometric History of India's 12 Digit Revolution
Aadhaar: A Biometric History of India’s 12-Digit Revolution by Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Fellow, IDFC Institute, was released by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Government of India, on Saturday, 23rd December 2017 at Longchamp, The Taj Mahal Hotel.
13 September, 2017
Identities: Lost and Found
The Hindu Business Line reviews Shankkar Aiyar's Aadhaar: A Biometric History of India's 12-Digit Revolution. Excerpts:
"When it was conceived, Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique identification number, was intended as a simple instrument of financial inclusion, directed primarily at the socially ...
13 September, 2017
Book Review: Aiyar's Aadhaar is a definitive story of unique identity project
The FInancial Express explores Shankkar Aiyar's latest book, Aadhaar. Excerpts:
"The 228-page read traces the origin of the idea—discussed over a dinner between Nilekani and KP Krishnan, then a joint secretary in the finance ministry—the ups and downs it witnessed, the political backlas...
30 August, 2017
Shankkar Aiyar's Book on Aadhaar Reviewed by Bibek Debroy
The article is a review by Bibek Debroy on the book "Aadhaar: A Biometric History of India’s 12-digit Revolution" authored by Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Fellow at IDFC Institute.
"Normally, such a history would have been written 20 years down the line, when protagonists would no longer have...
22 August, 2017
Aadhaar necessary, but issues need ironing out
The Times of India carries an article on an event organised to discuss Shankkar Aiyar's (Visiting Fellow, IDFC Institute) latest book, 'Aadhaar: A Bio metric History of India's 12-Digit Revolution', tracing the journey of Aadhaar from its inception to now.
Economist, Sumita Kale&n...
16 August, 2017
Nandan Nilekani Defends Aadhaar
Nandan Nilekani defends Aadhaar in light of growing privacy and security concerns, in this BloombergQuint article.
"It’s no mean task to convince two such different thinking governments of the need for a biometric-based resident identification program. But despite the political smar...
02 August, 2017
What Does The Biographer Of Aadhaar Think Of It?
Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Fellow at IDFC Institute, gave an exclusive interview in this Swarajya article on his recent book, ‘Aadhaar: a biometric history of India’s 12 digit revolution’. Excerpts:
"Do you believe leaders from India’s principal political parties – beyond ...
20 July, 2017
Dichotomy of the Indian Economy
Sajjid Chinoy, in this Livemint opinion piece, elaborates on the two competing economic narratives on India and suggests reformative policies.
The first centres around the improvement in macroeconomic stability, with decreasing CAD and inflation rates, and structur...