shreya sen Profile picture
Aug 10, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
Thanks a lot to everyone for all the support, encouragement and love we have received over the order allowing us to file IT-Returns without #Aadhar. I'm really glad we got lucky with a progressive bench that agreed to give relief to everyone instead of making it just about us.
This case has received more than it's share of attention in both print and social media. While I am definitely grateful, I would like to re-iterate that it is a part of a much larger struggle started and sustained by many activists and movements and needs to be seen as such.
The fight against #Aadhar cannot be selectively highlighted when privileged communities are affected (similar attention was received when the #privacy judgment was received and when deadlines for linking PAN, bank account and phone numbers were indefinitely extended)
In the end, there was no visibility given to the fact that core and basic rights and entitlements, that many citizens depend on for survival (like #ration and #pension), remain linked to this horrendous failure of the system. Privacy and security are certainly not "elite" issues.
But if privileged communities only respond to these issues because these are primarily the ones that affect them, then they do become "elite" problems for sure. Yes,every small success is a win,but if all we're winning at is making comfortable lives even more so,then not so much.
If we're not listening to less visible activists & more marginalized communities,we're failing. If we don't see #Aadhar as yet another tool for exclusion & oppression,we're failing. If we're not recording,documenting & responding to how Aadhar is affecting everyone, we're failing

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