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Kanika Datta: Big Brother is documenting you

The average middle class citizen in India would have at least four versions of herself recorded with the government for various purposes. Depending on her position on the income axis that comprises this widely varying class, the number could go up to six each. If we go by the, admittedly contested, figure estimating the size of the middle class at 300 million, that means the state could have in its possession nearly a billion documents to verify the identity of people comprising a little under a third of the population. These multiple identities repose in different data banks capturing the ...

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Kanika Datta: Big Brother is documenting you

Kanika Datta 

Kanika Datta The average middle class citizen in India would have at least four versions of herself recorded with the government for various purposes. Depending on her position on the income axis that comprises this widely varying class, the number could go up to six each. If we go by the, admittedly contested, figure estimating the size of the middle class at 300 million, that means the state could have in its possession nearly a billion documents to verify the identity of people comprising a little under a third of the population. These multiple identities repose in different data banks capturing the ...

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Kanika Datta: Big Brother is documenting you

Already, the web is rife with complaints of sudden demands for Aadhaar... even if you own all or any documents.... Aadhaar could well be necessary The average middle class citizen in India would have at least four versions of herself recorded with the government for various purposes. Depending on her position on the income axis that comprises this widely varying class, the number could go up to six each. If we go by the, admittedly contested, figure estimating the size of the middle class at 300 million, that means the state could have in its possession nearly a billion documents to verify the identity of people comprising a little under a third of the population. These multiple identities repose in different data banks capturing the ... image
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