Interview with Nanjangud resident in Mysore
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Over the past three years we have conducted numerous field visits in seven Indian states.These visits include numerous video-conversations, some short and others very long, with a diverse number of those who were involved with this entire process of participating in the emergence of a digital ecosystem of governance. These are interviews with people being enrolled into the Aadhaar programme, with district-level Panchayat and other officials, with numerous State government bureaucrats, with private enrollment representatives, representatives of various governmental services, with operators and other members of this digital workforce. Conversations are often long, spontaneous and deliberately unstructured: and the focus is mainly on a vérité style using amateur video.
Some key issues that we shortlisted for detailed inquiry were issues of migrants, both domestic and across international borders, homelessness in cities, and the financially excluded. Each of these areas was discussed in considerable detail at major public consultations held in Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore, in partnership with the CSDS, the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, and the Urban Research and Policy Programme Initiative of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. All videos of all presentations made at these events are also available here.
CSCS also has an extensive text archives of material on the field as a whole, available on http://eprints.cscsarchives.org
Video captures the full enrolment process a resident including a short interview with him, at the end of his enrolment process to gauge his comfort level and awareness about Aadhaar.
The Identity project emerged as a result of our dissatisfaction at the nature of the debate that was emerging on the area of digital governance in India.
Speaker: They want to ask you a few questions. They have come from Bangalore. They will speak to you in Kannada.
INTERVIEWER: Why have you come to get the Aadhaar done. What use do you think you will have for the Aadhaar?
Speaker: Uses we need for rations and to open bank accounts.
INTERVIEWER: So you think it will be useful for everything.
Speaker: We also need it to get a drivers license. We will need it to do everything.
INTERVIEWER: Has everyone in your house got it done?
Speaker: Yes, everyone at home has got it done.
INTERVIEWER: How many people are there in your household?
Speaker: 5 people.
INTERVIEWER: Did you bring everyone to get them enrolled?
Speaker: No, we call came when we got the time. They came when they can and I came when I had the time.
INTERVIEWER: Who told you that this was happening and asked you to come and get it done?
Speaker: Well everyone is telling us. It is there all over in the news and television. Our parents also told us. They have all gotten it done.
INTERVIEWER: Are you the last to get it done in your family?
Speaker 1: Has every one in your family gotten them enrolled?
Speaker 1: Have your Aadhaar cards come?
Speaker: In my house only my mother has got her card until now. My brother and my sisters hasn't yet come.
INTERVIEWER: When did they enroll?
Speaker: 15 days ago.
Speaker 1: Are you from this place?
Speaker: No, I am from (unclear).
Speaker 1: Why didn't you get yourself enrolled when the enrollment process happened in your village?
Speaker: I did not have the time then.
Speaker 1: What is your taluk?
Speaker: Nanjangud, Mysore Taluk.
Speaker 1 : They were doing it in Nanjangud. Why didn't you do it then?
Speaker: My wife and I come here often that's why we got it done here.