Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Public Outrage Reformed The Aadhar Project

Ram K Kaushik

One of the aspects that irritate me a lot is the attitude of Indian government towards the civil liberties of Indian citizens. Why is it always that the government of India always wakes up when public spirited citizens vehemently oppose its repressive and unconstitutional acts or omissions?

Two of such recent projects that were based upon this mentality of Indian government are national intelligence grid (Natgrid) and aadhar project of India/UID project of India. Both of these projects were stalled after protests by public, especially by techno-legal experts like Praveen Dalal.

Firstly, it was Natgrid that was stalled after stiff protests. Now even the aadhar project is facing difficulties and it may not proceed further till a law supporting the same is enacted by Parliament of India. Fortunately, we have some heroes who have finally convinced the government of Indian to enact law regarding aadhar project of India.

However, the real question is why the government of India always needs a shock to wake up and why cannot it take help of people in advance whose suggestions and recommendations it subsequently accepts?