A recent toy-train ride in intimate company of my fellow countrymen started a train of thought in my mind about the ADHAR privacy debate.
If an average Indian is noticeably devoid of sense of privacy, who is worried about getting an ID and why?
To find the answer, we need to visit a system startlingly similar, as it explains the intense affinity towards IDs that all systems must display.
Human body is a system just like our nation. An individual cell can inhabit it with reasonable autonomy and enjoy all system-provided benefits such a nutrition, oxygen or protection; as long as it meets a simple criteria of carrying an ID provided by the system.
Every cell of human body carries a unique protein signature as ID. A cell without this ID is considered a hostile alien and dealt with the brute force of immune system.
So, human body is like a nightmare for Indian liberals; but, just like our teeming masses, billions of cells happily live under this freedom-of-privacy-oppressive regime as the trade off between privacy and access to common benefits is immensely gainful for them.
As each body cell works towards a common goal, this relationship is almost like an ideal cooperative, but this arrangement too faces a natural threat from free-riders.
Free-riders are cells who just want to avail benefits from the system without being identified. So, an ID-driven system is the biggest hinderance they need to surmount.
Parasites like plasmodium that cause malaria escape scrutiny of immune system by literally changing their coat constantly, but even more interesting are the turncoats that we have within.
Cancer cells are a bane for ID-driven immune system as they look just like the rest of the citizens. The problem is that they manage to subvert the system and divert its resources for personal growth without bothering to contribute towards the common kitty. They manage to do this without the immune system attacking them only because they can’t be identified.
If we look at the elites of our society, they have a striking resemblance to these cancer cells. Elites thrive by exploiting the efforts made by masses and grabbing a lion’s share.
Masses, on the other hand, are unable to access their share of systemic benefits because the elites, just like cancer cells, hinder equitable distribution.
Elites are thriving because they are not identified by the legal immune system of the nation and there is no surprise that they resist the idea of introduction of any identification system.
While elites try to convince the masses to resist ID-driven system under the garb of freedom; reality is, such freedom is viable only when you have an alternative route for accessing system benefits.
For masses, without access to elitist routes, the deal of letting go of freedom in favour of access to systemic benefits is far more viable.
Elites of India need to understand that they are a cancer that has almost destroyed the system due to their bottomless greed.
Masses are now feeling an existential threat because tumours of obscene wealth amassed by system subversion are visible all over the body of the nation. So, masses are going to welcome any move that will appear to be hitting elites, even if it means a collateral damage of oppressive dictatorial rule.
If the elites aspire for an ideal world of living without IDs in a system, it is possible only in a greed-less world where systemic gains are distributed fairly. And, if such a world exists, it can only have equals and not elites. So, if elites desire for such an India, it will be possible only when they let go of their elitism.