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Article Title: Who am I?


Article Summary

This interesting article named Who am I? Makes the point that for the ancients too, the binary code was at the root of identity long before Aadhaar. There is a need for all-encompassing definitions of identity and that is why the Supreme Court of India had to put in a lot of effort to make the noble connection between identity, digitisation and dignity.

The article further mentions that “who are you” is something that governments must know. For the sceptics, this is because it is in the nature of states to undertake surveillance. But, and this is important, the individual, to be a part of the social contract, must be counted. Then mentioning the real count of identity the article mentions that for Pythagoras— the one, single unit was the root of all existence and identity. For the great Buddhist logicians and sages, all the self-examination was meant to lead to shunya — zero. The binary code of digitisation, it seems, has been who we are all along.

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Words to learn from this Article:

Unencumbered: not having any burden or impediment.

Sceptic: a person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions.

Anathema: something or someone that one vehemently dislikes.

Balk at: to stop, as at an obstacle, and refuse to proceed or to do something specified


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