Decoding the Aadhaar Verdict: What Do You Need to Link Your Aadhaar To?

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Decoding the Aadhaar Verdict: What Do You Need to Link Your Aadhaar To?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

The Supreme Court verdict on the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar is out and students across the country had to take a break from their IIT preparations to solve an even more confusing problem: What to link and what not to link with Aadhaar? The verdict is thicker than the last Harry Potter book, looks like a football score, and reads like the fine print of a mutual funds ad on TV. With certain terms and conditions applied, the five-judge bench judge upheld the Aadhaar Act 2016 with a 4:1 decision.

“Woh sab toh theek hai but do we have to link our Aadhaar with our SIM cards and banks accounts?” The nation wants to know. The bench adjudged that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for mobile phone numbers and bank accounts. So clearly, it is now time for us to extract revenge: Send banks and telecom companies 25 SMSes a day, telling them that Aadhaar is no longer needed.

While Aadhaar is not needed to open new bank account, a PAN card is mandatory. Linking your PAN with Aadhaar is compulsory for filing of income tax returns. It’s basically the court’s version of asking your mom for permission and receiving a condescending reply: “Jo tujhe karna hai kar.” So you end up doing what she wants you to do.

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