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. 

This post couldn’t have been possible without the tweets of PedestrianPoet and R0hin. Thanks.

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