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Making the Poor Free?: India's Unique Identification Number

S.K. Das


The aim of the book is to show how India’s Unique Identification Number (Aadhaar) will make the poor free. Although Aadhaar’s contribution to food security, employment generation, education, and public health is rather modest, it does create a platform for the financial inclusion of the poor. Through this platform, Aadhaar brings government subsidies to the poor directly in cash, and thus gives them the wherewithal to be consumers in the market. The market, by offering a choice of products, services, experiences and lifestyles, enables the poor to define what they want to be. This is how India ... More

Keywords: governmentality, identification, freedom, enterprising individuals, policy processes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199453290
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199453290.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S.K. Das, author
Former civil servant. He retired as Member (Finance), Space Commission and Atomic Energy Commission, and Ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India.