Today I was reading articles and started to ask myself question of “why identity?” and started to look beyond privacy
- “View: Argue for a privacy law, not against Aadhaar “
- Big Brother? 100 Small Brothers are watching you.
Identity can be sense of security, safety, a sense of being owned and of possessing, that gives great comfort, which is more of illusion. Privacy is fear(lack of security) , when person shares data(identity) with authority or others and fears that data(identity) in hands of authority has potential to lead to your own exploitation.
Anyone from India is aware of what happened when India society gave identity to people in terms of caste, sects and work and gave rise to a new sect of people called untouchables. When children of scavenger applies for opportunity , the connection of children’s identity with parent’s identity has potential to bias in the judge who decided whether person qualifies for opportunity or not. If you claim maturity in objective evaluation, watch video கக்கூஸ்” ஆவணப்பட இயக்குநர் திவ்யா, to understand how much society context is influenced by identity of individuals.
Look 200 years back. Did people have passport? No. Passports may be provided by kings or emperors to give special privileges to specific people. When King asks special persons of opposite country to surrender his passport, the message was “Your country has lost the belief of ours” or “There are serious differences with your country”.
Will identity leads to separation? Post industrial revolution, new identity of of owner and workers or capitalists and socialists that separated them. Look at IT industry is created based on job roles that separate them and cause for conflicts.
In my daughter’s school, there are houses formed with identity and asked to compete against each other to bring success to their house. Why do students are not taught of the ability to achieve more as single school, rather than two houses in school? May be students can use time to compete with others to learn to compete with themselves .
Having spend time as entrepreneur, I see entrepreneurial clubs based on identity of your business. Occasionally, When club fails to represent all their aspirations, a new club gets created based on their identity. Most of times people are working hard to gain access to existing clubs and people are denied access to social network of club. One’s failure identity will make exclude you from the club’s activities. On other end, folks who invested in efforts to build brand identities leveraging club exploit the same to their personal advantage.
Passport is an identity document used by countries to limit people from other countries to migrate in to the country in the process to safeguard benefits of country for people who stay in the country and do not want to lose them to migrants. H1B or Green Card are identity got by migrants arriving to USA. The identity brings fear in migrant as it enables them to earn the economic benefits, and absence of the identity leads to loss of economic benefits. Economic benefits leads some to give away citizenship of their birth country to gain the citizenship of the new country.
When I see an article You need not submit Aadhaar card to comply with FATCA, my mind questions what is the identity of people interested to make Aadhaar mandatory. Are these people Indians? Have they lived in USA for years? If yes, they would social security benefits. To repatriate social security benefits India and USA needs to have treaty and every India needs to have something equal to Social security number. Is Indian taxpayer money used to gain benefits for some of theses self servicing people?
Let me end with quote from world teacher Jiddu Krishnamurti ” When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind”