TRAI chief crosses swords with ‘The Print’ for misquoting him on the Aadhaar privacy norms

Shekhar Gupta’s ‘The Print’ has almost mastered the art of distorting and concocting narratives to accommodate their agenda. Earlier too, been called out for romanticising treason and spinning sensational stories about the Chinese aggression in Doklam, today they are back at it yet again, rehashing their past.

Amidst the Aadhaar row, the outgoing TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) chief, R S Sharma, in his interview to ‘The Print’ had spoken about how Aadhaar doesn’t violate privacy norms. In the article, published on 28th July, Print misquoted the TRAI chairperson by apparently changing few words said by him, hence changing the entire meaning of the same. This, however, was updated later with a disclaimer regretting the error, but not before the TRAI chief called out The Print article in the comments.

Below is the screenshot of what ‘The Print’ had reported, misquoting the chief:

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Which was later changed to:

This mistake was however unacceptable and irked the TRAI chairman, R.S Sharma, who came out to strongly condemn the comment which was attributed to him. He took to Twitter to reiterate that his interview was recorded and at no point during the entire interview did he ever mention the word ‘profiling’. Annoyed Sharma, went on to challenge the interviewer to place the entire recording on the public domain.

Comments by RS Sharma on The Print article

RS Sharma could be seen clarifying his stand on Aadhaar and asking the interviewer to put out the recording in public domain to prove he was misquoted by The Print journalist.

Yesterday, OpIndia had reported how the Trai chief had silenced the Aadhaar haters and made them come up with lame, laughable excuses that hold no ground. It all started when in the same article by ‘The Print’ he was quoted saying that the Aadhaar data is completely safe and all the reports suggesting the data is vulnerable are false. He had asserted that Aadhaar and IndiaStack, a digital interface that allows government and businesses to utilize digital infrastructure are remarkable innovations with no parallels in any country at present.

On this, one Twitter user tagged the TRAI chief and demanded that since he has ‘paid salaries’ to the TRAI chief all these years, he should share his personal data with him. Unexpectedly, RS Sharma responded to the tweet and immediately shared his Aadhaar number, challenging the Twitter user to come up with at least one concrete example of how they can do any harm to him. This came as a big blow to all the Aadhaar haters who, for all this while, have been spreading false rumours regarding the same.


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