Women, Aadhaar and Exclusion

March 2019-March 2021

PIs: Bidisha Chaudhuri

Funding agency: Digital Identity Research Initiative (DIRI) Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad/Omidyar Network.

Description: This proposed research will address the question if being a gender neutral system of identification, Aadhaar ecosystem create new barriers or reinforce existing barriers for women to participate in the welfare schemes?


  • Hundal, Hartej Singh, and Bidisha Chaudhuri. “Digital Identity and Exclusion in Welfare: Notes from the Public Distribution System in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.” In Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, pp. 1-5. 2020.
  • Chaudhuri, Bidisha. “Paradoxes of Intermediation in Aadhaar: Human Making of a Digital Infrastructure.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 42, no. 3 (2019): 572-587.
  • Hundal, Hartej Singh, Janani AP and Bidisha Chaudhuri. A Conundrum of Efficiency And Inclusion: Aadhaar and Fair Price Shops in Economic and Political Weekly Engage, https://www.epw.in/engage/article/conundrum-efficiency-and-inclusion-aadhaar-and, 2020

CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary think-tank set-up to focus on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. Of particular interest to the Centre is how technological advances, along with institutional changes that harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and market, address the needs of underserved communities.