India’s biometric-based central identification system that started as a “voluntary” program for its billion-plus citizens in 2009 has now become inescapable.
Consider this: Indians need an Aadhaar card to get a mobile connection, to renew a driving licence, to file their taxes, to open a bank account, and very soon, to even vote.
The government is even considering making Aadhaar (‘foundation’ in Hindi) the only proof of identity in the future.
While privacy concerns around Aadhaar remain unaddressed, Indians took time out to make light of its increasing importance in their lives, and flooded social media with #AadhaarMemes. Read more…