Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Aadhar- Curse or Blessing

In the last two years the dormant Aadhar system somehow got some new muscle in the name of anti-money laundering system. With this system the govt wanted to create something like a social security scheme in USA where citizens would enjoy hassle free govt services with their aadhar number. This system will also allow the watchdogs to check on fraudulent transactions and take India on a path of rapid development without any corruption. I hope this could be true as portrayed.

So where is the issue? Why we don’t want to link the aadhar number to our banks, LIC, Medical insurance or anything we use where there is a monetary transaction?
The problem is the system how the whole database of aadhar will be use and the risk involved.

1.       Even after 70 years of independence we did not eradicate the reservation system. Due to this system govt is bound to give a good percentage of jobs to a special category of people irrespective their qualification. Now imagine how many of these unqualified people working in UIDAI and have access to the database?

2.       Govt purchasing system is based on tenders and the contract is awarded to the lowest bidder. For example, there is a need for a firewall or may be for servers with specific specifications. Different companies would send their quotations but instead of buying the best one, the tender goes to the lowest bidder no matter whether the product is durable or not but YES it meets their specs. This system has rotten all the purchasing departments. Starting from our street lights to road quality, nothing lasts for more than 6 months because inferior quality products are pushed.

3.       Data breach is one of the topmost points in discussion. With the above-mentioned points, my idea is to show that the system itself is rotten from the core. We have seen and observed in the past that no system is full proof. Even Google and Sony were hacked. As per security experts most of the security breach is a result of some wrong doing from an employee knowingly or unknowingly. With inferior quality of products in use, how long does it take for someone to hack into the system? Now the question is what will happen if some has access to the aadhar database? Well to answer that question you must be aware of something called as target profiling. With database in access, hackers can profile anyone. For examples Mr. Kapoor has account in 3 banks, 2 LIC, 3 mutual funds and one private health insurance.  Along with this, he is also paying the loan of his new car and 10-year-old property. With Aadhar database, the hacker will be aware of the balance in all 3 banks, what’s going out and what’s coming in, the premium of his LIC and the loan amount. With this kind of access how long does it takes to hack Mr. Kapoor? OK forget about hacking, what if the hacker profiles 100’s of Mr. Kapoor from the same locality and pass on to criminals?

4.        Fraudulent transactions or bribes comes in hard cash and kind. There is an underground network where money flows from one pocket to another and the people who are accounted for are sitting in parliament.

5.       Now let’s talk about hassle free services with the use of aadhar. SBI is a huge bank but for every small problem one must visit the branch. Their customer care department is not trained, same is the case with electricity and water department. Yes, now they have a website with your billing records but what in case of wrong billing? Can it be fixed over a single phone call? NO. You must visit their office and meet the “Babus” to get the billing rectified. The best part is you cannot hold anyone accountable for their mistakes unless you have too much free time to lodge a complaint and wait for it to resolve. But remember “These” guys will send you the new bill (I hope you understand).

Privacy is my fundamental right and with this kind of system I am compromising my rights. If the government is serious on eradicating corruption from the root- Then please go and check the lifestyle of politicians and match them with their take home. There is no need to maintain this kind of sensitive database with so many loopholes. When the culprits are enjoying tax payers money with ease. Bank frauds happened with the help of political connections. Any one who has basic banking knowledge will understand that 11,000 crores  could not vanish in a matter of time.

Some people argue that social network like FB and whatsapp has loads of data. YES they DO but I do not share my bank balance on my status.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wagah Border

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It was always a dream to witness the flag lowering ceremony at Wagah Border. So when we had the long weekend of the year end 2017, it was time to execute a road trip to Amritsar. My paramount objective was to visit Wagah Border.

We got our passes through a known source. One needs to go at least 2 hours before the actual time because the crowd on our side is massive. We reached there just 2 minutes before the main ceremony and I was lucky to get a vantage point for photography. The whole ceremony was mesmerizing. For the first time I saw our neighbors in Pakistan and realized they are like us. Trust me I did not feel anything like "Hostile". They seemed friendly and everyone was waving hands across the border. 

Dance on patriotic songs

High ranking canine

White T shirt Gentleman- The show stopper

Our Neighbours

Clash of Titans

One thing which I don't like at all is that the people who were shouting on the top of their voice "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" left the place littered. Is this the way we give respect to our Nation and BFS? I request everyone not to litter and dispose the garbage  

Friday, March 23, 2018

Amritsar- Jallianwala Bagh and Market

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13th April 1919, a huge crowd including women and children gathered in Jallianwala Barg for a peaceful protest against the British rule. They had no idea that a devil stood waiting for the moment since a long time. General Dyer, the cold-hearted killer was aware of this gathering and came in full preparation. The Jallianwala bagh premises had, and still has, a single entry and exit. Dyer closed the only exit point with an armored vehicle, ordered his soldiers to take position in a straight line and take aim. Soldiers were well prepared and they have no shortage of bullets. 

They started firing till the time no one left to shoot. They had no shortage of targets because apart from a well situated in the left side of the ground there was no cover. In all, 1650 rounds were fired which resulted in the death of more than 1000.

This is my humble tribute to the victims who lost their lives on that unfortunate day.

Kesar ka dhaba is highly over-rated. Try Bharwan's