Aman Sethi

Aman Sethi

Aman Sethi was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Aman Sethi
Mismatches during inorganic seeding could explain periodic news-reports of villagers being denied food rations.(HT File Photo)
Mismatches during inorganic seeding could explain periodic news-reports of villagers being denied food rations.(HT File Photo)

Why state data hubs pose a risk to Aadhaar security

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2018 11:33 AM IST
UIDAI says it is the sole custodian of citizen information. But state governments and police are using Aadhaar numbers to consolidate data, which is being stored without any coherent data security policy and is accessed by private players.
The Bank of Baroda headquarters is pictured in Mumbai.(Reuters File)
The Bank of Baroda headquarters is pictured in Mumbai.(Reuters File)

How Bank of Baroda’s misadventures dragged it into South Africa’s political crisis

Mumbai, Hindustan Times | By Aman Sethi and Gopika Gopakumar
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2018 01:57 PM IST
A scandal involving Bank of Baroda’s South Africa operations, a cabal of businessmen of Indian origin, and South African President Jacob Zuma, has undermined the reputation of India’s second largest bank and resulted in an unprecedented penalty by the South African Reserve Bank.
Employees mark their attendance through Aadhaar-based system at the Yojana Bhawan.(Vipin Kumar/HT File Photo)
Employees mark their attendance through Aadhaar-based system at the Yojana Bhawan.(Vipin Kumar/HT File Photo)

Existence of other biometric databases may pose new challenge to Aadhaar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2018 07:39 AM IST
The existence of independent biometric databases means the information the UIDAI holds under lock and key is also scattered among scores of government departments. The real database problem for Aadhaar is not as much with its database but with these other databases.
The security forces have been accused of six extra-judicial executions and disappearances in Chhattisgarh.
The security forces have been accused of six extra-judicial executions and disappearances in Chhattisgarh.

2015 ‘extra-judicial encounter’: Chhattisgarh petitioners flee homes fearing police reprisal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Raipur | By Aman Sethi and Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2018 07:08 AM IST
The killings, the petition alleges, were carried out in 2015 and 2016 under the pretext of counter-insurgency operations in state’s Maoist-affected areas.
Passengers show their identity cards at the entrance to the airport.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Passengers show their identity cards at the entrance to the airport.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

Aadhaar verification at airports raises need for stricter data privacy regulations

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2017 11:39 AM IST
The absence of legislation is letting companies compile and deploy sensitive personal information without legal oversight.
Fingerprints were cloned and used to access the Unique Identification Authority of India’s enrolment service to create fake Aadhaar numbers.(AFP file)
Fingerprints were cloned and used to access the Unique Identification Authority of India’s enrolment service to create fake Aadhaar numbers.(AFP file)

Fresh concerns after cops bust gang cloning fingerprints of Aadhaar operators

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2017 12:30 AM IST
On Sunday, the Uttar Pradesh police said they had busted a Lucknow-based gang, which stole the fingerprints of authorised Aadhaar enrolment operators.
A man carries a table as he shifts to safe place from a flood-hit village in Araria district of Bihar on Monday.(PTI Photo)
A man carries a table as he shifts to safe place from a flood-hit village in Araria district of Bihar on Monday.(PTI Photo)

Bihar floods: State looks at new plans to combat an old enemy

Hindustan Times, Araria | By Aman Sethi, Araria
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2017 11:51 PM IST
With climate change making monsoons more intense and floods harder to predict, state govts are struggling to recalibrate their disaster management plans
A villager carries grains on a banana raft as he shifts from a flooded village in Araria district of Bihar.(PTI File Photo)
A villager carries grains on a banana raft as he shifts from a flooded village in Araria district of Bihar.(PTI File Photo)

Araria to Kishenganj, Bihar’s decades-old flood tragedy has a worrying new trend

Hindustan Times, Jogbani | By Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2017 03:18 PM IST
Floods of 2016 and 2017 are proof that the manner of Bihar’s annual inundation is changing, disrupting the plans of disaster management experts.
Journalists hold placards during a protest against the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru on Wednesday.(PTI)
Journalists hold placards during a protest against the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru on Wednesday.(PTI)

‘Reporting about anything can prompt backlash’: Gauri Lankesh’s murder shows journalists are in line of fire

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2017 10:11 AM IST
India ranks 136th out of 180 countries, only one notch above Pakistan and below strife-torn Palestine, in the world press freedom rankings released this April by Reporters Without Borders.
A crowd gathers after police recovered alleged cow meat from a home in Araria, Bihar. The mob protested the alleged sacrifice of a cow on the occasion of Eid ul-Adha. (HT photo)
A crowd gathers after police recovered alleged cow meat from a home in Araria, Bihar. The mob protested the alleged sacrifice of a cow on the occasion of Eid ul-Adha. (HT photo)

Post alliance, communal row in Bihar points to slow rise of BJP’s Hindutva

Hindustan Times, Araria (Bihar) | By Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2017 09:54 AM IST
Experts say the events in Araria reveal how the BJP and its affiliates are leveraging their influence in the state government to expand their muscular brand of Hindutva to regions where they had no previous presence.
Privacy rights advocates say the government can use the Aadhaar data to re-construct a 360-degree profile of an individual(PTI file photo)
Privacy rights advocates say the government can use the Aadhaar data to re-construct a 360-degree profile of an individual(PTI file photo)

Right to privacy: Data shows states using Aadhaar to build profiles of citizens

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2017 08:58 AM IST
Privacy concerns remains despite UIDAI claims that the Aadhaar project does not intrude upon the privacy of 1.1 billion Indians whose biometric and demographic information is stored on its servers
Woman applying for Aadhaar card.(File Photo)
Woman applying for Aadhaar card.(File Photo)

Latest Aadhaar leak exposes security flaws in app developed by NIC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aman Sethi and Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2017 07:36 AM IST
In recent months, websites maintained by NIC have inadvertently published the Aadhaar numbers and financial details of millions of citizens.
Banks played a crucial role in the crisis by propping up ailing companies with fresh loans, even as firms struggled to repay old debts.(File Photo)
Banks played a crucial role in the crisis by propping up ailing companies with fresh loans, even as firms struggled to repay old debts.(File Photo)

NPA crisis: Banking on a new law for answers

Hindustan Times. Mumbai | By Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2017 10:22 AM IST
Once a company enters bankruptcy, the new law envisages that day-to-day affairs be run by a resolution professional appointed by the creditors. Some companies, however, feel the law should be first tested on smaller fish before going after big game.
The IDBI Bank building photographed in Mumbai. IDBI’s distress is reflective of India’s banking system as a whole(Mint Photo)
The IDBI Bank building photographed in Mumbai. IDBI’s distress is reflective of India’s banking system as a whole(Mint Photo)

NPA crisis: Why banks keep lending big bucks, try to hide the distress signals

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2017 09:53 AM IST
The consequences of the NPA crisis are most visible in the case of IDBI bank, a once-proud institution, now on the brink of collapse.
Men ride their bicycles in front of the Bhushan Steel plant in Odisha. Bhushan Steel is part of India’s “NPA crisis” that have choked the banking system and pushed lending, the lifeblood of the economy, to its lowest point in 20 years.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Men ride their bicycles in front of the Bhushan Steel plant in Odisha. Bhushan Steel is part of India’s “NPA crisis” that have choked the banking system and pushed lending, the lifeblood of the economy, to its lowest point in 20 years.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

NPA crisis: The rise and fall of Bhushan Steel into the great Indian debt trap

Mumbai, Hindustan Times | By Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2017 11:11 AM IST
Bhushan Steel’s spiralling journey from an expanding steel mill to one of India’s biggest loan defaulters reveals how risky corporate gambles have hobbled our banks.
Kedar Sirohi of the Aam Kisaan Union has an M.Sc in Farm Management and Agricultural Market, and is networking farmers to work together at a time when crop prices are increasingly set by international markets.(P Raju/HT Photo)
Kedar Sirohi of the Aam Kisaan Union has an M.Sc in Farm Management and Agricultural Market, and is networking farmers to work together at a time when crop prices are increasingly set by international markets.(P Raju/HT Photo)

MP’s ‘jeans-and-smartphone’ farmers fighting price wars from Indore to Chicago

Hindustan Times, Indore | By Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2017 12:43 PM IST
With traditional agrarian movements withering, a tech-savvy breed of cultivators has turned to social media mobilising and balance sheets to track profits.
Labourers load sacks of onion on a truck at a government procurement centre in Ujjain. The Madhya Pradesh government opened the centres in the wake of farmers’ stir in Mandsaur.(Amen Sethi/ HT Photo)
Labourers load sacks of onion on a truck at a government procurement centre in Ujjain. The Madhya Pradesh government opened the centres in the wake of farmers’ stir in Mandsaur.(Amen Sethi/ HT Photo)

Why Madhya Pradesh farmers are crying over bumper onion produce

Hindustan Times, Ujjain | By Aman Sethi, Ujjain
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2017 08:07 AM IST
Madhya Pradesh’s farmers have always grown onions, but when prices skyrocketed in 2010-11, the land under onion cultivation doubled over the next five years, resulting in the current problem of plenty.
Villagers stage a chakka jam on Mhow- Neemuch highway with the body of Abhishek Patidar, who was killed in police firing during farmers’ protest, in Mandsaur on June 7.(Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT Photo)
Villagers stage a chakka jam on Mhow- Neemuch highway with the body of Abhishek Patidar, who was killed in police firing during farmers’ protest, in Mandsaur on June 7.(Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT Photo)

Mandsaur agitation: How demonetisation brought MP farmers onto streets

Hindustan Times, Mandsaur | By Aman Sethi and Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2017 07:29 AM IST
In Mandsaur, demonetisation has disrupted every aspect of the rural economy – land markets, credit networks, procurement, and crop prices.
Streets were deserted and shops shut in violence-hit Mandsaur’s Bahi Parsavnath village on Saturday. Fear of police, who picked up three men, prevailed in the village, creating a curfew-like situation.(Mujeeb Faruqui / HT photo)
Streets were deserted and shops shut in violence-hit Mandsaur’s Bahi Parsavnath village on Saturday. Fear of police, who picked up three men, prevailed in the village, creating a curfew-like situation.(Mujeeb Faruqui / HT photo)

Police crackdown begins in violence-hit epicentre of MP farmers’ protest

Hindustan Times, Mandsaur | By Punya Priya Mitra and Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2017 07:29 AM IST
Madhya Pradesh chief minister ‪Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s fast against violence in Mandsaur entered its second day ‪on Sunday.
Streets were deserted and shops shut in violence-hit Mandsaur’s Bahi Parsavnath village on Saturday. Fear of police, who picked up three men, prevailed in the village, creating a curfew-like situation.(Mujeeb Faruqui / HT photo)
Streets were deserted and shops shut in violence-hit Mandsaur’s Bahi Parsavnath village on Saturday. Fear of police, who picked up three men, prevailed in the village, creating a curfew-like situation.(Mujeeb Faruqui / HT photo)

Police crackdown begins in violence-hit epicentre of MP farmers’ protest

Hindustan Times, Mandsaur | By Punya Priya Mitra and Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2017 05:30 PM IST
Madhya Pradesh chief minister ‪Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s fast against violence in Mandsaur entered its second day ‪on Sunday.
A scene after violent clashes between farmers and the police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on June 6.(PTI File Photo)
A scene after violent clashes between farmers and the police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on June 6.(PTI File Photo)

Mandsaur stir was run on WhatsApp: How social media created a new Indian farmer

Hindustan Times, Mandsaur | By Aman Sethi and Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2017 08:29 AM IST
In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP and CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan have accused the opposition of orchestrating the violence. But the unrest roiling the region is the work of young, tech-savvy farmers coordinating their actions over WhatsApp groups.
HT Image(Raj K Raj/ HT file photo)
HT Image(Raj K Raj/ HT file photo)

Aadhaar gets new security features, but this is why your data still may not be safe

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Aman Sethi and Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2017 11:06 AM IST
The government is pushing for the unique identity, to register everything from infant children to bank accounts, but the biometrics of millions of people are not foolproof.
Maoists are watched by villagers as they ready their weapons, while taking part in a training camp in a forested area of Bijapur District in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh in this file photo from 2012. The Maoists’ crude artillery of rockets and mortars was on display even during the deadly ambush in Sukma two weeks ago that killed 25 CRPF soldiers.(AFP File Photo)
Maoists are watched by villagers as they ready their weapons, while taking part in a training camp in a forested area of Bijapur District in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh in this file photo from 2012. The Maoists’ crude artillery of rockets and mortars was on display even during the deadly ambush in Sukma two weeks ago that killed 25 CRPF soldiers.(AFP File Photo)

Maoists take the aerial route, fight CRPF in Chhattisgarh with desi rockets

Hindustan Times, Pune/Raipur | By Aman Sethi and Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2017 10:22 AM IST
Security specialists say the Maoists are adapting themselves to the changing ground situation. With the region teeming with 118 paramilitary battalions comprising 120,000 troops, they are taking to the aerial route to attack.
A young girl and other devotees offer prayers at the Pashupatinath temple in Bhopal on Mahashivratri.(PTI)
A young girl and other devotees offer prayers at the Pashupatinath temple in Bhopal on Mahashivratri.(PTI)

India’s polity has shifted from hope to fear, and PM Modi knows it | Opinion

Hindustan Times | By Aman Sethi
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2017 06:59 AM IST
A recent CSDS-KAS survey numbers could have profound implications for the future of Indian democracy. The engine of Indian politics doesn’t seem to be aspiration, it is anxiety – and no one recognises this better than Narendra Modi, who has understood that his followers don’t want a Ceo-in-Chief to lead them; they want a parent, or better still, a priest.
Women in Rasjasthan showing their respective Aadhaar cards.(PTI File Photo)
Women in Rasjasthan showing their respective Aadhaar cards.(PTI File Photo)

Days after Jharkhand breach, govt websites continue to bleed Aadhaar data

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Ranchi | By Aman Sethi, Samarth Bansal and Saurav Roy
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2017 06:31 PM IST
Digital identities of more than a million citizens had been compromised by a programming error on a website maintained by the Jharkhand Directorate of Social Security.
Cyber security analysts warn of vulnerabilities that could lead to hacking of identity details of individuals.(PTI)
Cyber security analysts warn of vulnerabilities that could lead to hacking of identity details of individuals.(PTI)

Aadhaar detail leak in Jharkhand sign of deep cyber security flaws: Experts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Ranchi | By Aman Sethi, Saurav Roy and Samarth Bansal
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2017 07:54 AM IST
Cyber security analysts warn of vulnerabilities that could lead to hacking of identity details of individuals.
HT Image(HT File Photo)
HT Image(HT File Photo)

Details of over a million Aadhaar numbers published on Jharkhand govt website

Hindustan Times, New Delhi and Ranchi | By Aman Sethi, Samarth Bansal and Saurav Roy, New Delhi And Ranchi
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2017 11:04 AM IST
Jharkhand has over 1.6 million pensioners, 1.4 million of whom have seeded their bank accounts with their Aadhaar numbers to avail of direct bank transfers for their monthly pensions. Their personal details are now freely available.
A view of Parliament House in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
A view of Parliament House in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Finance Bill: Minor legislative tweaks prompt major fears for democracy’s future

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aman Sethi and Harry Stevens
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2017 08:26 PM IST
The Finance Bill 2017, passed this session, removes the contribution cap and the corporate disclosure requirements, and enables the creation of electoral bonds.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with other BJP leaders after the party’s parliamentary meeting at Parliament in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with other BJP leaders after the party’s parliamentary meeting at Parliament in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Finance Bill: Govt merges ‘autonomous’ tribunals, assumes power to appoint chiefs

Hindustan Times | By Aman Sethi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2017 09:15 AM IST
The government has merged several powerful administrative tribunals and assumed powers to appoint and remove their chiefs, triggering fears the unprecedented move will undermine the authority and independence of these quasi-judicial institutions.
Gurgaon, India - March 17, 2017: Maruti accused who were convicted taken into custody, in 2012 factory violence case at District Court, in Gurgaon, India, on Friday, March 17, 2017. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Gurgaon, India - March 17, 2017: Maruti accused who were convicted taken into custody, in 2012 factory violence case at District Court, in Gurgaon, India, on Friday, March 17, 2017. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Maruti case judgment: Can life and death be decided on the basis of dubious clues?

Hindustan Times | By Aman Sethi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2017 11:56 PM IST
A close reading of the Maruti case judgment reveals the anxiety lurking in the heart of India’s criminal justice system: How to decide matters of life and death on the basis of doubtful evidence gathered by a police force that often operates outside the realm of law?
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