Who Are Deshbhakts-Patriots? - Forwarded by: Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch

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1. Beyond the Aadhaar Security Breach… Who Are Deshbhakts-Patriots; Supporters of Own Country?



2. The Onus Is On The Deshbhakts That The Aadhaar Is Not A Misconceived Project?



3. The Onus Is On The Deshbhakts: Learned Harish Khare



Posted at: Jan 7, 2018, 12:37 AM; last updated: Jan 7, 2018, 12:37 AM (IST): Harish Khare



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Harish Khare



4. If this week I were to be asked to identify and show a true deshbhakt, my categorical answer will be: Bharat Bhushan Gupta, who operates a small business out of Rama Mandi in Jalandhar. No, he has not demonstrated any extraordinary courage in the face of enemy in the battlefield; instead, he saw a threat to national security and he tried to do something about it.





5. Let us make it very clear. Deshbhakti is a very noble sentiment, purest of all allegiances and loyalties a human being can feel.





6. Deshbhakti is not the prerogative of one community, even if that community happens to be in a majority; nor is it the monopoly of the person who happens to be in power or in a seat of authority.





7. Deshbhakti does not accrue by the simple act of putting on ochre robes; or by beating up the minorities; or by abusing Pakistan on television channels; or by coercing others to shout “Vande Mataram.” And, it is certainly not a party affair. Deshbhakti is the unalloyed concern for the country’s welfare, unity and security.





8. And, nobody personified deshbhakti better than Bharat Bhushan Gupta. The moment he realised that there was a gaping hole in the whole Aadhaar network and that this vulnerability could be exploited by anti-national elements, he decided to do something about it. He tried, as best as he could, to contact the “authorities.” But, as a general rule, the “authorities” have their own reasons and their own rhythm about when to act and when not to act. Gupta remained unattended and spurned. This is not a case of corruption, it is simple criminal negligence (for which there is no punishment in our official Blue Book).





9. Not content to let the matter be lost in governmental indifference and apathy, Gupta contacted The Tribune. My colleague Rachna Khaira did a diligent job of bringing out the possibilities of security breach in the Aadhaar data banks.



10. Sometimes a news story is much more than a journalistic exercise; it becomes an enterprise in national interest. Rachna Khaira’s story was in national service.





11. And, what was the government’s response?





12. Deny. Reaffirm the inviolability of the data. File an FIR.





13. Arguably, the government does not want to admit and create any kind of panic. But the government also has a larger responsibility of assuring the concerned citizens that it is alive to the possibilities and consequences of data breach.





14. Technology comes with its own authoritative claims of infallibility. This belief in the supremacy of this or that particular technology has become the new religion of the modern age. No one wants to pause to ponder this simple fact: after all, a technology is designed and devised by some clever human brain — and, it is possible for another human brain, more devious and more mendacious, to crack the code. There is this whole enchanting world of cyber security that excites and invites the crooked minds across the globe.





15. The Aadhaar is not a misconceived project, but its security and impregnability are yet to be fully assured. The onus is on the deshbhakts.



Illustration: Sandeep Joshi

Beyond the Aadhaar Security Breach… Who Are Deshbhakts-Patriots; Supporters of Own Country?

The Onus Is On The Deshbhakts That The Aadhaar Is Not A Misconceived Project?

The Onus Is On The Deshbhakts: Learned Harish Khare

Forwarded by: Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch

Posted on Jan 08, 18 | 11:28 pm