An Aadhaar is actually the number associated with your card. Without validation, the Aadhaar Card is a meaningless paper. However, to convince people on the adoption of the Aadhaar card, it is widely accepted as an ID in the manner the people are used to using an ID – showing it as identification, providing photocopies of it as proofs of identity and address and so on. This deliberately encouraged misrepresentation of what Aadhaar is has made it very easy for people to create fake identification.

A jobless engineer, Nilesh Mistry of Ahmedadabad created over 100 fake Aadhaar cards to enable volunteers in clinical trials be able to participate in them without the mandatory three month gap between participating in different trials. He was arrested from his home.

But it is worth thinking about what he was arrested for. An Aadhaar card is printed on ordinary paper. Anyone can print anything on paper. It isn’t even like the card contains a copyright claim on the design. Without validation, like any other Aadhaar card, it is just paper. It is of no concern to the UIDAI or the integrity of the database what is written on various papers. The concern of UIDAI and Aadhaar is that the number returns the identification as programmed which is not used at all, in the process of using an Aadhaar Card as a physical document of proof.

The real question is about the results of such trials. With participants not completing the required period between clinical trials, can the findings of those trials be trusted as solely occuring due to the drug being tested? Organizations diligently scrutinizing identification documents for compliance got scammed in the process adding a factor of unreliability to tests conducted with considerable expense at the conclusion of expensive research and the results of which will have an impact on the health of the population.

Easily enabled by the irresponsible push to popularize Aadhaar by encouraging its use for things it is not designed for, the use of Aadhaar as an identity document exposes the population to overall unreliability in any process it has been misused in.

Read original report on the engineer who created the fake cards here:

Vidyut is a commentator on socio-political issues with a keen understanding of tech and policy. She has been observing and commenting on Aadhaar since 2010 from a perspective of human rights, democracy and technological robustness.

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