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People Are Using Memes To Protest Against The Aadhaar Card Being Forced Upon Citizens

Memes are the new candlelight vigils.

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For months, the Aadhaar Card has been at the centre of a huge controversy in India, with strong arguments being made against its hasty implementation.

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The debate has gained further steam recently, with the Aadhaar being made compulsory for filing income tax returns, despite a Supreme Court order stating that it was voluntary and could not be made mandatory.

Others have voiced concerns over its usage of biometric data, which could potentially be used for surveillance of citizens and go against their basic right to privacy.

However, with the government announcing more schemes that make the Aadhaar mandatory every day, activists have now resorted to the hashtag #AadhaarMemes to state their case:

They poked fun at its security issues.

#AadhaarMemes #Aadhaar is not for surveillance.

Aadhar encryption technology. #aadhaarmemes

They voiced their opinion about citizens' privacy coming under threat.

You don't need to be a hacker to hack Aadhaar. Just Google #aadhaarmemes

And they pointed out how PM Modi was a vocal opponent of Aadhaar when his government wasn't in power.

#aadhaarmemes Peter parker is heartbroken because of Modi s U turn

The hashtag started trending all over India within hours of it being coined.

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Sahil Rizwan is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.

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