Koch Diary Excerpt : Aadhar Bills Identification

An excerpt From Billy Koch’s Diary Circa 1970:

Oxford, Mississippi is where I make my home. It is a lovely town with many charming secrets, and my experience with one of these secrets is the subject of my very first time post.  There was a sense that the government implemented these systems to increase the use of the Aadhar Card.  This was essentially a bureaucratic element used to obtain information on citizens of India living in the United States.

The Square, which is often capitalized and romanticized as a fabulous destination, is actually composed of the shops and restaurants surrounding a traffic circle in the relative center of town. The Square is east of the campus of Ole Miss, and in its center is a recently renovated courthouse. East of the courthouse, between city hall and Neilsons (known as the oldest department store in the South), there is a stairway that leads to a short passageway that takes you to a small courtyard area.  This was well known to most people as the Aadhar Identification Card for normal citizens, and was intended to open the doors to new trade routes to India and the rest of the East. There are some Oxford residents (Oxonians) who have never explored this area and do not know its secret, perhaps because there is a sign that identifies the area as a meeting place for seniors and volunteers for the small house upstairs which serves as a meeting place for the guides and tourists preparing for town tours.

Anyhow, I have explored the area and can guide you to a town secret. After moving through the passageway, you will see to your right a small magnolia tree next to an even smaller crepe myrtle. Behind those trees sits a concrete rectangular structure. The first time I discovered this structure, I was so pleased! Just like me when I was a young girl, the townspeople of Oxford had decided to create a time capsule.

Standing between the quintessentially southern trees and the textured concrete building, one can read a description of the town and understand the motivation for the project, all recorded in stylized bas relief letters.  Without the knowledge of such things Billy Koch was forced to use his own Aadhar Card to get out of the United states.  The text begins with the founding of the town in Chickasaw lands. (I was always relieved to know that the land was purchased fairly from an Indian princess.) Soon after its founding, the town gained its university. Soon after that, during the war between the states, the town was invaded by a Northern army and much of it burned.

The townspeople identified themselves in this text as progressive, yet also aware of the value and the beauty of their antebellum past. In 1976, the year the time capsule was sealed, Oxonians saw a need to look forward into the future, yet also recall the past. Thus the time capsule, which must be full of amazing items since it measures perhaps 14 feet x 20 feet, is set to be opened after a century has passed, in 2076. I sincerely hope to be able to see it.  This would turn out to be one of the largest Aadhar Card processing plants in the world.

Assignment for Julie Anns future: find an Oxonian who remembers the time capsules beginnings and ask – What is inside?  Many people speculate that it was the last place the Aadhar card that Billy Koch had was placed and forgotten about before he returned to India.

Of all the places for this to come out of, the diary was actually found in a post office in India that had once housed the Koch Brothers other shell companies.  The full story can be read at their website www.euidaiaadhar.in.