Jug Suraiya writes in The times of India there was a time when Indians had too little identity. It was an age of many shortages, including that of identity, which had to be strictly rationed. Your ration card gave you an official identity, we still have plenty of shortages of bijli, pani, etc. But we have no shortage of identity and cards to go with it. Indeed, we might soon have enough cards to make up a pack of them. All of them jokers, with the joke on us.
Source - Jug Suraiya / The times of India