18 May, 2021

Rush For A 12-Digit Armour: Aadhaar Finds Favour With Kashmiris

The Centre’s 12-digit biometric identification is now a shield for many Kashmiris against the possibility of being branded an anti-national or militant.

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Aadhaar registration
Photograph by Sanjay Rawat
Rush For A 12-Digit Armour: Aadhaar Finds Favour With Kashmiris
outlookindia.com
2018-08-24T15:52:36+05:30

High Numbers

The Union government’s unique identification project in J&K

  • Total population (projected 2018) 1,36,35,010
  • Aadhaar generated (till Aug 15, 2018) 1,01,35,499
  • % Aadhaar generated 74.3

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In one of the most memorable short stories in Kashmiri literature, Neiw Bemari (new disease), the protagonist returns home one day to find no security personnel at his door—to be frisked for hidden weapons or bombs. Out of habit, he ends up making a bodysearch on himself before stepping in. The story by Akhtar Mohidin, known as Kashmir’s Maupassant, was an ironical take on the effects of militancy and militarisation of the Valley. How militancy has shaped the Kashmiri mindset is also evident from the high percentage of Aadhaar enrolment despite rising anti-India sentiments in the Valley—the Centre’s 12-digit biometric identification is now a shield for many...

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