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September 13, 2017

Book Review: Aiyar's Aadhaar is a definitive story of unique identity project

The FInancial Express explores Shankkar Aiyar's latest book, Aadhaar. Excerpts:


"The 228-page read traces the origin of the idea—discussed over a dinner between Nilekani and KP Krishnan, then a joint secretary in the finance ministry—the ups and downs it witnessed, the political backlashes it withstood and the evolution process it underwent to finally emerge as what is the world’s largest pool of biometric and biographic data of a country’s citizens...


The author has spoken to every stakeholder right from the beginning of the project, including not only bigwigs such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pranab Mukherjee, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, apart from Nilekani and Sharma, but also the actual foot soldiers of the project who combined their skills to put together every piece of the project right from scratch. This meant that each and every minute detail of what, who, when, why and how has been answered in the book."


Read the whole review here.

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