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India's Big Brother: Fingerprint and Eye Scans Required for Food and Medicine

• by Mike Mish Shedlock

The New York Times notes Big Brother has Arrived in India.

Seeking to build an identification system of unprecedented scope, India is scanning the fingerprints, eyes and faces of its 1.3 billion residents and connecting the data to everything from welfare benefits to mobile phones.

Civil libertarians are horrified, viewing the program, called Aadhaar, as Orwell's Big Brother brought to life. To the government, it's more like "big brother," a term of endearment used by many Indians to address a stranger when asking for help.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other champions of the program say that Aadhaar is India's ticket to the future, a universal, easy-to-use ID that will reduce this country's endemic corruption and help bring even the most illiterate into the digital age.

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Comment by Ed Price
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The people of India are living according to their ages-old religion/custom government. They don't realize that the former British occupation left them with a common law government. Using the common law to free themselves, individually, via jury, rather than to push themselves further into a form of religious/custom civil law, could easily free them from governmental control. See the world map at The danger is that We in the States, along with Britain, Australia, and Canada are losing our common law to civil law, where the people don't have individual freedom, but only have freedom based on mass law controlled by government. We are losing common law, and simple freedom because of it.