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Freelance scholars and student volunteers interested in action-oriented research, socio-economic rights and related issues.
Nov 27, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
1/4 Aadhaar-enabled fraud: a short thread. As this excellent @scroll_in article shows, it is easy to extract money from people’s Aadhaar-linked accounts by cloning their biometrics.… 2/4 With poor people, you don’t even have to clone biometrics – you can just fool them. Here is one of many testimonies we have shared earlier on this (see link for more): Rabina Devi of Latehar, who was robbed of Rs 24,000.

Oct 16, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
1/4 Since the Indian govt is rejecting the Global Hunger Index, let’s clear the air. First, it’s not true that the index is based on opinion polls. It's based on statistical data for 4 indicators: calorie deficiency, child wasting, child stunting and child mortality. Second, the calorie deficiency indicator (misleadingly called “prevalence of undernourishment”) is certainly defective. It’s based on the FAO’s discredited “food balance sheets” and some heroic assumptions about the distribution of calories in the population.
Jun 1, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
1/5 The full scale of the humanitarian crisis that hit India in 2020 is yet to sink in, and we are all set for a repeat in 2021 – new paper by Jean Drèze and @anmol_smnch .…

Also coming soon on the C-HELP website with a wealth of related papers. 2/5 From the lockdown onwards, informal-sector workers reported income reductions of around 50% or more (vis-à-vis pre-lockdown levels) throughout the year.
May 18, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Defend the Lancet, but can someone tell us if this is the Lancet Citizen commission on healthcare in India, or a Corporate commission on healthcare in India? To be sure, there are other academics on this commission. But it is heavy loaded in favor of corporate and corporate special interests. There is little civil society presence. And as APSC has pointed out, hardly any diversity:
May 16, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
Thoughts on covid-related issues. Nothing particularly new, yet worth repeating. Last year's lockdown announced by the centre in typical 'shock and awe' style made the humanitarian crisis worse than the eco & health crisis (due to the pandemic): a mass exodus of urban workers Indian media, in spite of its usual pro-elite bias, did a remarkable job of bringing the dire situation of workers who had been put out of work (and food/water/shelter) within a few hours, to those who sat ensconced in the relative comfort of their homes.
Apr 14, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
#AmbedkarJayanti Short thread on Dalit autobiographies and writings available in Hindi. Jhoothan by Om Prakash Valmiki. Small glimpse that stayed: even when he's well established, he continues to be treated badly because his name gives away his caste. His wife suggests dropping the surname to prevent the hurt associated with this. After a discussion, he decides he will keep it. His argument: people must learn to accept him fully; his work and his caste identity.
Dec 6, 2020 17 tweets 4 min read
Tikri border Food, shelter, and rubbish disposal. Tikri border
Aug 17, 2020 32 tweets 4 min read
Join now! Harsh Mander: universal PDS, with pulses and oil. Cash transfers @ minimum wages for informal sector. Scale up NREGA. Introduce urban NREGA. Cooked food.
Feb 29, 2020 72 tweets 29 min read
The People's Tribunal on Aadhaar-related Issues is now underway at the Indian Social Institute #AadhaarFail

Running thread with proceedings. @praavita introduces the Tribunal.

The idea of Aadhaar is based on the idea of "efficiency". But its now clear that there is no efficient Aadhaar.

We are at this Tribunal to give present the human cost of the project.
Nov 18, 2019 17 tweets 8 min read
The hardships endured by rural women during #pregnancy & #childbirth tend to go unnoticed. A recent survey (JABS) sheds light on this hidden ordeal. The findings were released today (18th Nov) at the Indian Women’s Press Corps, Delhi.

Thread with sneak-peak findings. [1/16] The case for #MaternityEntitlements was made almost 100 years ago… [2/16]
Jan 19, 2019 67 tweets 14 min read
(1/n) The launch of 'Dissent on Aadhaar: Big Data Meets Big Brother' is about to begin.

Thread. Justice AP Shah launches the book!
Dec 3, 2018 27 tweets 23 min read
1/ The SC may have given it a green light, but #AadhaarFail TERROR continues unabated in #Jharkhand.

Exclusion, disruption, and disempowerment is what Aadhaar has brought to the lives of the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups. Case studies from a recently concluded survey. 2/ A census of all PVTG households was conducted in 2 blocks, Manika & Satbarwa, in Palamu district. Despite a small sample, we encountered a plethora of #AadhaarFail issues.

If you still think Aadhaar is "fixing-up" welfare, please follow. Select survey findings appended.
Aug 3, 2018 16 tweets 5 min read
(1/16) "The poor are the guinea pigs for immature financial technologies"

Jean Drèze on the Airtel-Aadhaar scam, Aadhaar Payment Bridges System, 'LALA' rules & the resulting havoc on fragile lives of the poor.


#Pensions #AadhaarFail #Airtel (2/16) Vimla Devi from Murhu Jharkhand explains how she has been running pillar to post to find out about her pensions. She last received them in Sept. 2017.

Aug 1, 2018 11 tweets 6 min read
(1/11) @rssharma3, Twitterati has already had a hearty meal of this but in case you haven't followed, contrary to all you Aadhaar Uncles' claims of curbing (all sorts of obscure) fraud, Aadhaar has instead enabled many kinds of fraud. #AadhaarFail (2/11) What if you find that your Aadhaar number is linked to a bank a/c without consent?

Certainly happened with Mr. Kulkarni. He was lucky it was his own account. What if yours get linked to an account used for unscrupulous activities? #AadhaarFail…
Jul 22, 2018 25 tweets 8 min read
Questions to NN following from @virsanghvi interview: NN(@2.30) "I wrote to the Prime minister about privacy in 2010" - would be kinda nice to see what exactly was said. Can he release that correspondence? NN@2.45: "I went back to being a good guy in the last few months" (we dispute this self-certification)..."people have realized that there are lots of things happening in the world which were far more pernicious".
No, NN. ...2/n
Jul 13, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
13 deaths in jharkhand since September 2013 Premani Kunwar was one of them
Jun 4, 2018 18 tweets 10 min read
*Aadhaar Propaganda Lives OK: CGD’s fishy blog*

The most recent CGD (@CGDev) blogpost on Aadhaar has prompted a few questions.

Thread (1/17) #AadhaarFail

2/17: What credibility does lead author @AlanHGelb, who was party to fabrication of the oft-cited $11 billion Aadhaar savings figure for the World Development Report 2016, have on this issue?

The bogus figure originated in the spotlight co-authored by Gelb. See images.
Apr 1, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read…

"Aadhaar, A Double Whammy" by Reetika Khera

#AadhaarFail 1/6 "In the final hearings on the Aadhaar project in the Supreme Court, the Attorney General's main (perhaps only) line of defence is that the court must 'balance' the right to life of millions, which he claims is guaranteed by Aadhaar, with the right to privacy." 2/6
Sep 25, 2017 20 tweets 9 min read
Still believe #Aadhaar is good for #welfare? Here's why it's not. Glimpses from a recent PDS- Aadhaar Survey in Jharkhand /0

#AadhaarFail Olasi Hansda*, a widow, cannot walk, hence cannot authenticate herself = No grains since Jan. /1