The Aadhaar programme’s biggest selling point was the near universality of an identity system that did not suffer from the widespread fraud that India’s other identity systems suffer from. This investigation has revealed deep fault lines in that claim.
If Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2018 speech is indeed hinting towards regulation of cryptocurrencies rather than an overall ban, then this regulation must come swiftly and must keep in mind the long-term possibilities of crypto-coins gaining widespread acceptance.
The current series of negotiations are critical, not on account of any hopes for long-term resolution of border disputes, but largely to continue bilateral diplomatic relations in the aftermath of a major military engagement.
The apex court has effectively determined the broad contours of the right to privacy, but in the process has also preemptively affirmed the constitutionality and embraced the existing flaws of the Aadhaar initiative.
Ajit Doval’s approach — now famously referred to as the Doval Doctrine – places limited reliance on diplomacy only to the extent that India’s territorial interests are not compromised, writes Bedavyasa Mohanty