Identity Crisis II
See Part I here.
We continue our Identity Crisis with a brief look into Nandan Nilekani, the founder of Aadhaar and Chairman of Unique Identity Authority of India (U.I.D.A.I.).
-Srikanth Nadhamuni, U.I.D.A.I.’s head of technology. (Nandan Nilekani has given nearly $4 million to set up the E-governments Foundation, run by former Intel Corp. executive Srikanth Nadhamuni.)
Padma Bhushan Nandan Nilekani was born on the 2nd of June 1955, in the Sirsi town of North Kannada district, in the state of Karnataka, into the best class India’s caste system has to offer. He is a Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin, meaning he is descended from the Saraswats, a small Konkani-speaking community of Hindu Brahmins: chiefly followers of Shiva, like our Nandan Nilekani is. In India, the class in the caste system you are born into dictates what you are able to do and accomplish in life: educationally, financially and socially.
After a decent education, the doors saved for the Brahmin’s began to open for Nilekani. He was tapped on the shoulder by one Narayana Murthy, to work at Patni Computer Systems. Murthy, with his watchful eye, later brought Nilekani in to be Co-Founder and CEO of start-up InfoSys. Nilekani’s wife, Rohini Nilekani invested several thousand dollars in Infosys’ beginnings.
Nandan and Rohini have two children, (can anyone guess where they go to college?) daughter Jahnavi, of Yale, is married to Shray Chandra, and son Nihar of Harvard. As one would expect, the shelves in Nandan’s home hold multiple awards and photographs of him with various powerful people. Typical egocentric stuff: Show the stars and everyone thinks you’re cool. Pictures include: Nilekani with Tony Blair; shaking hands with Bill Clinton; with a large India contingent in Davos; with Manmohan and Mrs. Singh in the White House with Laura Bush. But I digress…
Narayana Murthy has been dubbed the “Father of India IT Sector”. He is a Kannada Madhwa Brahmin with a net worth of $2.3 billion. His awards include: 25 Greatest Global Indian Living Legends, 2013, Sayaji Ratna Award, 2013, Philanthropist of the Year, 2013, Hoover Medal, 2012, NDTV Indian of the Year’s Icon of India, 2011, IEEE Honorary Membership, 2010, Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, 2009, Padma Vibhushan, 2008, Officer of the Legion of Honor, 2008, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), 2007, and more.
Sexual harassment issues with Infosys under Murthy, did not deter him at all, as there is nothing that money can’t buy.
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In the 1980’s, Nilekani lived in the US, embedded with Infosys clients in Union City, New Jersey and Skokie, Illinois, among other places. Nandan Nilekani is also Co-founder of NASSCOM and as well as the Bangalore Chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE), Board member of London Business School’s Asia Pacific Regional Advisory, he served as a member of the sub-committee of Securities and Exchange Board of India. Nilekani is Vice-Chairman of The Conference Board Inc. and Co-Chairman of IIT Bombay Heritage Fund. He was involved in Bangalore Agenda Task Force in 2000 and awarded ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ by IIT Bombay in 2001. Being a member of the board of governors of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) has surely helped to keep his open schedule filled, as well as being President of NCAER (National Council for Applied Economic Research, India). Nilekani is, not surprisingly, Chairman of Government of India’s IT Task Force for the Power Sector.
As we have seen before in the types of people we expose, he has a great many titles, positions and awards.
He “won” the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize in the field of politics and economic sciences in 2005, the prestigious Padma Bhushan in 2006, the ‘Businessman of the Year’ award from Forbes Asia magazine in 2007, the ‘Legend in Leadership’ award from Yale University in 2009 and was listed in the Times magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2009.
His list of accomplishments doesn’t end there. Called Imagining India, Nilekani’s book outlines his ideas for India: past, present and future. He was the non-executive Director of Thomson Reuters Plc. since 2007, and is the author of ‘Imagining India’, which was listed in the final list for FT-Goldman Sachs Book Award in 2009.
Nilekani became a board member of the foundation that runs the Davos summits, and, as we will see momentarily, is quite influential there. His brother, Vijay Nilekani, works for Nuclear Energy Institute, in Washington, D.C. and is the co-owner of Rohini’s foundation Fundamentum, along with Sunita Nadhamuni, wife of Srikanth Nadhamuni. Nandan Nilekani’s wife, Rohini, is (as most wives of this sort are) a writer, and a dabbler. She is a Founder-Chairperson of ARGHYA: a charitable trust she has endowed with $35 million. She is also the Akshara Foundation Chairwoman and many other philanthropic interests. The couple has prioritized some key areas in their philanthropy: water, governance and education. Nandan Nilekani and Rohini Nilekani have a 2% stake through Entrust in Fabindia Overseas Pvt Ltd.
“I started out with Rs 200 in my pocket, when I graduated from IIT. Most of our wealth, almost 80 per cent remains in Infosys shares.”
Other investments include giving IIT Bombay $5 million for a chaired professorship, an incubator, the school of IT, a new hostel and renovating old ones; building a new auditorium and endowing his old school in Dharwad, where he grew up; contributing to a hospital wing in Sirsi, his ancestral home town. Nilekani’s reform agenda, including, for now, e-governance, urban issues, and climate change. You can see some more of his financial endeavors Here. Here. and Here.
Nandan Nilekani and Sanjeev Aggarwal, VC with Helion Ventures who founded now IBM-owned BPO firm Daksh, have come together to launch the Fundamentum Partnership. Nilekani’s $100 million fund is supposed to ‘help cover the funding gap for India’s most promising tech firms’. They may do just two or three deals per year in order to pick out the “exceptional” startups that can benefit from both capital and mentoring.
India embarked on globalization in the early 1990’s. One Jawaharlal Nehru was instrumental in raising the mentality of the Globally United Nations (aka NWO). As his debate in the United Nations against Pakistan shows, he hopes for ‘One World and Collective Security’, rather than an obsession with national sovereignty. A decade passes and Indian leaders desperately work to bring India out of the third world and into the first. Some may say an impossible feat, but nothing technology couldn’t fix. First India brings it’s navy up to one of the top five in the world, as it races against China, then came the technology wave. US continues to push for Military cooperation with India in 2005, and Bush pushes the India-US civil nuclear initiative. It succeeds in the drafting of a maritime security framework in 2006 during Bush’s trip to India.
This is the time Nandan Nilekani rises himself up as the Brand Ambassador of the Indian IT Industry. In 2005, he won the Padma Bhushan and was elected to the World Economic Forum Foundation board. He was also named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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Nandan has been open about his contempt for everything happening in India: “In India, half are fake…fake…Fake is the operative word, right?” Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Funny how suddenly everyone starts using the same keywords. Fake..Fake..Fake. The perfect word, like Conspiracy Theorist, to automatically discredit anything you don’t like. Nandan is the self-proclaimed spotless lamb for India’s corrupted government. Aren’t you all relieved… Nothing to see here, Nandan has arrived just in time to save you.
“I became a member of the global superclass, as they call it.”
“In addition to my association with the ruling establishment and political class, I have a clean image and contributed to the infrastructure growth of Bangalore as chairman of Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF) from 1999-2004 under then chief minister S.M Krishna.”
As one would expect, Nandan Nilekani has friends in key places. Not only those he hires, such as Chief Product Manager of UIDAI, Sanjay Jain of Google, and Ram Sewak Sharma, a veteran government administrator, now UIDAI’s Director General, but Nandan has his choice of political leaders. He was invited by Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to take up the Cabinet position, though it put Nilekani in a conflict of interest scenario. That didn’t stop him before, nor did it stop him this time. He joined in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, for Congress. Congress candidate from Bangalore South and IT czar Nandan Nilekani, had assets worth a whopping Rs 7,700-crore making him, perhaps, the richest candidate ever to contest an election in India’s electoral history. Nilekani said his exposure to politics and government functioning over the past five years, convinced him that it was imperative to become a lawmaker to serve the people and contribute to the city’s overall development.
“It’s important to get buy-in from the judges and lawyers. Otherwise, this whole thing is a non-starter.”
“Joker” is a word Nilekani uses often, and to great effect. This does several things: It disarms people and makes Nilekani appear more approachable than he is while at the same time dismissing and demeaning the addressed party. It also allows him to interrupt rambling presentations without seeming rude. Nilekani is famous for cutting off speeches. The Con, manipulation…the art of the deal. Whatever words you use, whatever makes you more “comfortable”, it all boils down to the same rotting infection: Deception.
On the first of July 2014, UIDAI’s Nandan Nilekani met Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley. With the new government, there had been demands to scrap the Aadhaar initiative altogether. However, Nilekani and the PM agreed not to discontinue this and four days later in a public speech, Modi supported his claim, to everyone’s surprise. This was only a surprise because people don’t understand nothing happens without being planned out. Nandan Nilekani was sought by the Narendra Modi government and made an advisor, in charge of overseeing a “less-cash” economy scheme. A mere nine days after this, the budget allotted by Jaitley showed an increase in the UIDAI grant, from 1,550 crores to a whopping 2,039 crores. Interestingly, it was BJP who didn’t support the Aadhaar initiative during its campaigning days.
After the Aadhaar system took off, the Reserve Bank of India constituted a high-level committee under Aadhaar creator Nandan Nilekani. Members of the panel are former RBI Deputy Governor HR Khan, former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Vijaya Bank Kishore Sansi and former secretary in ministries of IT and steel Aruna Sharma. The fifth member is Sanjay Jain, chief innovation officer, Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship, IIM Ahmedabad.
Nilekani then became the mentor of iSPIRT which actually had a team that they named ‘Sudham’(meaning: to purify) created to troll anti-UID critics. As usual, there are many decent humanity-loving people out there who do all they can to wake up the rest, one who works on exposing Aadhaar is Anumeha Yadav. Nilekani had to shut it down after iSPIRT’s convener Sharad Sharma got caught operating Twitter handles including @Confident_India, @criticrahul, @draveedian and @indiaforward2, to do vicious trolling. But we already know that freedom of speech was lost long ago.
As Nandan is an influential member of the Davos World Economic Forum (which is just another Bilderberg-type group), let us take a look at India’s activities there. India’s agenda in Davos is named: India INCLUSIVE. (Inclusive, unity, same sales pitch given to join all religions together as well as dissolve all borders in preparation for the “Global Community” aka NWO. Suddenly in 2019 humanity is unable to live together-as we have done successfully for thousands of years…) Asian secret societies, the US, and European royals have been working on creating a world future planning agency. MI6, P2 Freemason, Pentagon, and Asian secret society sources also say there is also a strong push for some sort of world government to be announced. As if we couldn’t figure that out on our own… Sometimes you don’t need inside sources, just common sense.
2004: Davos was the diving-off point for India to jump into the world economic forum at long last, only costing an estimated $4 million. Indian government spent this amount in just a couple of years just as a multinational corporation might plan a major branding initiative. (Which is all it is…branding.) China had already made such a big hit and India felt left out, so after it’s introduction to Davos through Nandan, ‘India Everywhere’ was born: the branding of a country ie. the ability to sell a country. There is no need to brand something unless you wish to make profit. So the advertising began. Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, India’s largest private-sector conglomerate, was co-chair of the Forum. Davos rejected Indian focus for decades…but no longer.
More on India’s history leading up to this:
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2006: Davos busts out ‘India Everywhere’. Infosys had been working to “brand” india for decades, and gave $150,000 that year to India Brand Equity Foundation to finance India Everywhere. Commerce Minister Kamal Nath explained to the world about the “10 paradigm shifts taking place simultaneously in India. Outsourcing is a story of the past. We now want people to see India as a manufacturing base, as the youngest nation with fortunate future demographics.” Over 2000 global leaders congregated to shape global, regional and industry agendas and to find solutions to global challenges. The Government team was joined by prominent Indian business leaders such as YC Deveshwar, Chairman, ITC and President, CII; Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, & MD, Reliance Industries and co-chair of the WEF Annual Meeting; and Nandan Nilekani, CEO, President & Managing Director, Infosys Technologies. Other CEO’s from India – Rahul Bajaj, Bajaj Auto; Hari Bhartia, Jubilant Organosys; Ramond Bickson, Taj Hotels; Gunit Chadha, Deutsche Bank; Tarun Das, Chief Mentor, CII; J N Godrej, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co; Naresh Goyal, Jet Airways; Ajit Gulabchand, Hindustan Construction Company; Ratan Jindal, Jindal Stainless Limited; Baba N Kalyani, Bharat Forge; K V Kamath, ICICI Bank; Nand Khemka, Sun Group; N Srinivasan, Director General, CII; Vijay Mallya, UB Group; Nikhil Meswani, Reliance Industries; Sunil Bharti Mittal, Bharti Enterprises; Lakshmi N Mittal, Mittal Steel; Dhruv M Sawhney, Triveni Engineering & Industries; Malvinder Singh, Ranbaxy and Ajay Khanna, CEO, India Brand Equity Foundation – are part of the Team. The India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) and Ministry of Tourism spearheaded a focused communication campaign to enhance the Brand India.
Branding a Country:
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On Jan. 26, 2006 Finance Minister P. Chidambaram hosted eight Japanese businessmen, including the chairmen of Toshiba, Nomura Securities, Sumitomo, the chief of Japan’s external trade organization and a young member of the Japanese parliament.
Soon after, Japan was suddenly interested in being involved in the new rail-freight corridor connecting Bombay, Delhi, and Calcutta. “We will build our infrastructure with Japanese help,” said Chidambaram. Dell began building a large PC manufacturing facility in India.
The ‘India Everywhere’ campaign is built on three pillars: India’s vibrant democracy, growing market, and its promise of assured returns for global investors.
Nandan M. Nilekani was still Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Infosys Technologies, India and Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum for Davos of January 2007. Ashok Vemuri, SVP and Head of Infosys Banking and Capital Markets Business Unit, posted for a “Green Davos”. A blog post in response, by Nandan Nilekani, stated:
“It is clear that the world cannot have every person with the lifestyle of an SUV owner. The environmental stress and the energy cost of that will be unviable. Hence in a broader view of the Flat World, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency will be just as critical. The good news is that this is on the radar screen of companies like Infosys.”
2011: World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland participants included a 130-member strong, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) delegation from India. The theme paper for the ‘India Inclusive’ campaign was drafted by Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). According to him, “the country’s (India’s) role as a ‘Goldilocks economy’, where growth is high yet stable and sustainable, makes it an attractive investment destination. And its growing emphasis on inclusive development will aid India’s dynamism in the decades to come”. The programme featured two sessions on India that will look at various economic changes, political priorities and global issues, which will shape the future of India.
In 2014, the first Global Technology Summit, organized by Carnegie India, brought together leading entrepreneurs, technologists, and academics from around the world. More than 400 participants and hosting a line-up of 47 industry leaders, academics, and technologists, explored themes integral to India’s growth and prosperity.
2017: Modi debut at Davos ‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World’. Davos includes over 3,000 leaders, representing 100 countries, who gather in a collaborative effort to shape the global, regional and industry agendas, with a commitment to improve the state of the world.
In 2018, Global tech giant IBM yesterday announced acquisition of US open software company Red Hat for $34 billion–In INDIA. India’s biggest and critical software systems are run on Red Hat-based open source software, Linux.
2019: Davos theme was ‘Identity in a digital world’. Nandan Nilekani stated about Aadhaar:
“The data is very minimal and it is not a data gathering system.(FALSE) It requires basic details but it is now base for the world’s largest government welfare programme.” (The NWO “order”. )
For such a program, Nilekani said there has to be a political will, bureaucratic alignments and a lot many other things. More than 100 CEOs from India were in attendance. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Swiss President Ueli Maurer, Japan’s Shinzo Abe, Italy’s Giuseppe Conte and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu among more than 30 heads of state/government, CEOs of global corporations, central bankers, economists, civil society leaders, media heads, celebrities and heads of international organizations like IMF, WTO, OECD and World Bank, were among the more than 3,000 participants. The political leaders from India attending the event include Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu, Andhra Pradesh minister Lokesh Nara and Punjab minister Manpreet Badal.
There are a number of Indian corporate honchos among the registered participants, including Gautam Adani, Mukesh Ambani (with wife Neeta and children Akash and Isha), Sanjiv Bajaj, N Chandrasekaran, Sajjan Jindal, Anand Mahindra, Sunil Mittal, Nandan Nilekani, Salil Parekh, Azim Premji and son Rishad, Ravi Ruia and Ajay Singh. Film producer and director Karan Johar was present as well as former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, New Development Bank President KV Kamath, IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath and Microsoft’s Indian-origin CEO Satya Nadella.
The theme of the event was ”Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, which had several India-focused sessions. Leaders at this annual summit discussed how globalization can work, identifying new models for peace, inclusiveness, sustainability, climate change and of course, international governance.
“This fourth wave of globalization needs to be human-centered, inclusive and sustainable. We are entering a period of profound global instability brought on by the technological disruption of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the realignment of Geo-economics and geopolitical forces.”
-WEF’s Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab
As we see, the world now notices India and thanks to Nandan’s success in pushing the Aadhaar Biometric Surveillance system, in a heavily populated country for maximum effect, we are running down the path towards electronic identification, which in turn leads to Implanted Identification, as we have discussed before. This road leads directly to total loss of humanity: free will.
Once you give your privacy away…there is NO RETURN.
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So who else is starting this process? Most countries already use Biometrics, however, not every country stores the data, as it is a violation of human rights. The elite’s must have total control, you allow them to strip you of everything…soon there will be nothing left of you to hold onto. Knowing what we know about the elites, it is not a big shocker that the World Bank is pushing for a Biometric ID.
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The United Kingdom implemented biometric identification, but then withdrew it, given the extreme instability of the system. A similar debate arose recently in Israel, over a national identity scheme mandating the collection of biometrics from citizens. Several Israeli cyber security and cryptography experts raised protests over security and privacy concerns, as all sane humans should. The eventual law enacted last year made providing fingerprints optional, while mandating photographs.
Countries like Estonia and Belgium have advanced national identity schemes that do not collect biometrics. In Portugal’s Citizen Card system biometrics are stored only on each individual’s card, and biometric matching is carried out “on-card.”
Many countries, including most European Union countries, use electronic-passports that contain fingerprint information of the passport holder, but do not store this information in a central database (nor use this information outside of border-control purposes). Denmark uses biometrics temporarily to verify identity and make passports, no biometric data stored, just everything else. In these cases, proposals for storing biometrics in centralized databases have always been avoided or have led to strong resistance.
China is one country that has gone to an extreme of technology use.
The Philippeans’ National ID system, Phil-ID is creating ripples, as it plans to use the Aadhaar system, as does Hondouras, Malaysia.
The National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA), based in Islamabad, has developed solutions based on Biometrics and RFID technology and has the largest IT infrastructure in Pakistan with highly qualified technical and managerial resources enabling NADRA to provide customized solutions to any country. NADRA’s Deputy Chairman Tariq Malik was awarded ‘ID Outstanding Achievement Award’ in 2009, at an exclusive ceremony during the 8th ID WORLD International Congress: the Global Summit on Automatic Identification. Malik was selected out of 250 people from 75 countries by international voting of editorial board consisting of CEOs of fortune 500 companies. Like Malik, Nandan Nilekani won ID Limelight Award given to a person who has attracted the highest media attention. He was given the award “For being the force behind a transformational project ID project in India…which would also act as a tool for effective monitoring of various programs and schemes of the Government.”
“We met UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey… We have identity cards (known as MyKad), but with the (introduction of an Aadhaar-like) system, the primary aim is to avoid duplicity of payments and fraud, and to target specific groups,”
-Malaysia’s Minister of Human Resources M Kula Segaran.
On a side note, the USA Government has been very active in implementing the UID Number project in India. One example is that the CIA is deploying tools provided by technology firm Cross Match Technologies for cyber spying that, as a result, may have compromised India’s vast Aadhaar data bank. The CIA’s ‘Express Lane‘ program steals biometric data of its partner agencies. Again, this is something well known by those of us involved in the tech world, and should be equally well known by everyone else.
The USA plans to implement a 2005 appropriation from Congress to fight “The Global War on Terror” under President George W. Bush. The law outlined the minimum security standards for state-issued driver licenses and identification cards following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, when the USA lost it’s mind and under the guise of “Patriotism”, forced the world under it’s anti-privacy fascist enslavement. Trump’s Electronic ID “Real I.D.” is newly minted in his REAL ID Act. Thanks to Trump, there is now a 2020 deadline for federally compliant ID cards after 13 years of delays.
The announcement of a unified passport for all African nations last week was one more visible sign of the move toward a world government.
Aadhaar Data centers:
- Space – Bharti Airtel. (Bangalore), Wipro (Delhi/NCR)
- Hardware/Blade servers/Storage – National Informatics Centre Services
- Disk Array Enclosures, SATA Disk Drives and Upgrade Pair 4G FC Ports – HCL Infosystems.
- Piped Data Connectivity – Aircel, Bharti Airtel, BSNL, RailTel Corporation of India, Reliance Communications, Tata Communications
- Supply, Installation, Commissioning for Hardware & Software – Wipro
- Audit – STQC
- Application Software Development, Maintenance and Support Agency for UIDAI – Mindtree.
- Intranet and knowledge management portal – HCL Infosystems
- Re-design, maintenance and support of UIDAI portal – Tata Consultancy Services.
- Solution implementation – Satyam Computer Services. (Mahindra Satyam), L1 Identity Solutions Operating Company, Accenture Services.
- Biometric authentication devices – Sagem Morpho Security, Totem International, Linkwell Telesystems, Sai Infosystems, Geodesic, HCL Infosystems, ID Solutions.
- Biometric devices – Tata Consultancy Services, HCL Infosystems, 4G Identity Solution, Base Systems.