1984 Sikh Riots Or Gujarat 2002 — All Had A Thing In Common Which We Should Never Forget
Data, data and data! Data is everything. One who has information is the king. Like Napoleon Bonaparte once said, War is ninety percent information.
Past is long buried but history should never be buried without learning the lessons it holds. That’s how we progress as a society. Wars have been won and lost with that last bit of trivial information. So undeniably, information is at the heart of everything we do. In a 21st century where information can be obtained by few clicks, we are at a larger risk than ever if that important piece of data stored in remote machines lands into wrong hands.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is a central government agency of India. Its objective is to collect the biometric and demographic data of residents, store them in a centralised database, and issue a 12-digit unique identity number called Aadhaar to each resident. (wiki)
People have always questioned Aadhaar; BJP and PM Narendra Modi (then CM of Gujarat) included. Questions about the security of this private data. What if this data lands in wrong hands?
India after independence has seen many riots where one community has gone and lynched the other. One aspect that unites most riots is the information that crowd had. They knew precisely which house to burn and to pull out people from exactly a particular house and set ablaze. They had this information. Some riot reports claim people with sheets of papers having list of names and addresses. Aadhaar when used efficiently could be a blessing to a nation where most of the funds gets lost in middlemen and other loopholes that feed the devils of corruption. But what if it lands at wrong doors? Aadhaar is a doorway to vast amount of information (biometric included) which can be availed at fingertips in few clicks if the political bosses will it so, which they do when elections are around and a riot could incite violence and polarize voters thereby making their job easier.
This has been happening ever since. Take any state and you will notice this pattern. ‘Spontaneity’ is a lie which we are fed time and again. This is all ‘arranged’ mob.
Go through the below thread which talks about anti-Sikh pogrom of 1984. Same can be said about Gujarat of 2002 or Mumbai of 1992–93.
Today marks 32 years since '84. Around 12:30,my mom had left north campus and rushed home to Rajouri Garden because her friends told her to.— Peglet (@PedestrianPoet) October 31, 2016
My nanaji was stranded in Agra. The hotel owner was a friend, so he essentially barricaded him into an empty room and refused to let him go.— Peglet (@PedestrianPoet) October 31, 2016
My Nani didn't have any way of knowing if her husband was alive, let alone knowing if she and her 3 children would be alive in the next hour— Peglet (@PedestrianPoet) October 31, 2016
Their house has three floors. That evening, they stood on the roof and saw houses burning. As far as they could see, smoke billowing.— Peglet (@PedestrianPoet) October 31, 2016
Nani, who is, by far, the strongest woman I know, made mom, masi, and mamu wear 4 layers of clothes, and stuffed money into their pockets.— Peglet (@PedestrianPoet) October 31, 2016
They all spent the night inside the water tanker on the roof. It was lined, empty, and relatively warm.It was the only way they could sleep.— Peglet (@PedestrianPoet) October 31, 2016
The next day, when they came down, their Hindu tenant went up to them and said, "When they kill you, we'll take over the ground floor too."— Peglet (@PedestrianPoet) October 31, 2016
As the day progressed, news started trickling in. Young girls who had escaped from Trilokpuri. Hindu friends who were travelling. Chaos.— Peglet (@PedestrianPoet) October 31, 2016
Someone told Nani that she should cut mamu's hair off. They said the rioters were systematically targetting houses based on voters lists.— Peglet (@PedestrianPoet) October 31, 2016
Understand the implications of that. They had access to voter lists which meant they had family details. They flushed the houses one by one.— Peglet (@PedestrianPoet) October 31, 2016
And this is why many of us are *so* wary about projects like Aadhaar, sans any serious checks, balances or privacy guarantees.— Rohin Dharmakumar (@r0h1n) October 31, 2016
The more data we centralise, connect and store on citizens - caste, religion, income, purchases, bank accounts, phone numbers, mobiles…++— Rohin Dharmakumar (@r0h1n) October 31, 2016
++ the more opportunities and “attack surface” on citizens we expose to anyone who’s politically connected enough to get Aadhaar data.— Rohin Dharmakumar (@r0h1n) October 31, 2016
Last point: the architect of the BJP’s data-driven electoral campaign is today on the Aadhaar committee. Make what you want of it.— Rohin Dharmakumar (@r0h1n) October 31, 2016