Daily Archives: October 4, 2010


Moneylife, an online magazine from India, carries an article putting that country’s Unique Identification scheme in a historical context. It’s a useful reminder of past campaigns against official attempts to “own” individual identity: About a century ago, Gandhiji started the world famous ‘Satyagraha’ in order to oppose the identification scheme of the government in South Africa. Hundred years later, India is repeating a similar programme under the pretext of unique ID numbers As the old saying goes, ‘Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it’. It seems that both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and ultimately the Indian government have overlooked history and even the Mahatma’s views while going ahead with the ambitious and expensive unique identification number (UIDN) programme. Mahatma Gandhi or the erstwhile Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi had started his historic ‘Satyagraha’ in South Africa by opposing the identification programme in that country. On 22 August […]

Even Mahatma Gandhi was against ID cards