147-149 Barry Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Upstairs Seminar Room, Australia India Institute
About the talk:
Aadhaar represents the world’s largest biometric ID system and is part of the Unique Identification of Authority in India (UIDAI) established in 2016 as part of the Aadhaar Act, 2016. Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identity number issued to Indian residents for the purposes of receiving public program benefits and subsidies for unemployment as well as taxation. This presentation maps the public discourse on Aadhaar by examining the various legal, activist and political contestations around the scheme as well as the perceived risks, promises and uncertainty generated by the Aadhaar mandate.
About the speaker:
Pawan Singh is an NGN scholar in contemporary history at Deakin University and the Australia India Institute. His current project examines the development discourse in India with respect to the aadhaar scheme and the attendant contestations around citizenship, biometrics and fundamental rights.