The incumbent BJP government has adopted a policy of killing the democratic institutions softly. It has ensured that no bullets would be fired, no guns blazing; no noise would be made in the effort to kill democracy. And what would support the government in doing so? It is the sold out media, and any dissent from them would be crushed immediately. This is exactly what happened with ‘The Tribune’ that reported Aadhaar Data Breach story and instead of it being rewarded the government chose to heckle it so that their misdeeds cannot be convinced upon the innocent public.
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), when informed by ‘The Tribune’ that Aadhaar data is available for five hundred rupees initially expressed shock. However, at a later move they castigated it as misinformation and filed an FIR against the newspaper.
American whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has censured the Indian government for “destroying the privacy” of its citizens. “The journalists exposing the Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation. If the government were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called UIDAI,” Snowden said in a tweet.
The largely dormant opposition woke up this to protest against the “muzzling dissent” approach of the government, although their voice is still not as vocal as it should be. The opposition also demanded the withdrawal of FIR against the journalist and the newspaper.
The Centre, facing fire, reiterated its commitment towards the freedom of press and toned down their voice against the reporting journalist. It said that it will approach the newspaper and its reporter for cooperation in investigating the purported data breach.
“The government is fully committed to freedom of press as well as to maintaining security and sanctity of Aadhaar for India’s development… I’ve suggested UIDAI to request Tribune and its journalist to give all assistance to police in investigating real offenders,” IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted.