China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Mark of Multilateralism or Malicious Debt Trap?

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been lauded for its scale as much as it has been subjected to harsh criticism surrounding the theory that it is part of an elaborate plan to gain a strategic advantage over developing countries by trapping them in unsustainable debt. This article examines the cases for and against the ‘Chinese debt trap theory’ in the context of the BRI and discusses whether they exaggerate the Initiative’s potential for growth or the threat it poses to the developing world.

A New Face to Development

To Adivasi community development includes, but is not restricted to, the protection of natural resources and land and the provision of basic rights and necessities to all human beings. They believe that this is not included in the definition of development today, where industrialization and urbanization seems to be the main catalyst. Their voices are now taking center stage, as people realize that the Adivasi community’s idea of development is the only path for a sustainable future for India. The umbrella of development is no longer synonymous to industrialization and urbanization.

Pakistan’s Vaccine Struggle

Pakistan, as of July 20th, has fully vaccinated only approximately 2.1% of its population, one of the lowest numbers internationally. To encourage vaccination, Sindh announced a new programme that would penalise those who hadn’t received the vaccine. This article analyses why the vaccination rates have remained so low, prompting this policy decision.

ZAHIRA SHEIKH TO KULDEEP SENGAR: THE PROBLEMS IN WITNESS PROTECTION AND SUGGESTIONS

The iconic case of ‘Zahira Habibullah vs State of Gujarat’ and the twists and turns that followed over its course, was not the last of its kind, as has been depicted by the Kuldeep Singh Sengar Case. This article tries to delve into the problems in witness protection and also tries to put forward some suggestions given that the central government has constituted the committee for criminal law reforms.

Belarus’ ‘state-sponsored hijacking’ and how it violated international law

Under International Law, aircraft hijacking is considered a crime against humanity. Belarus’s use of deception and military threat to jail a prominent journalist critical of the country’s dictator and detain a Ryanair flight was a blatant violation of international aviation rules. In this context, the post explores whether states have the authority to order civil aircraft flying over their territory to land for specific purposes, such as determining whether there are explosives on board or detaining a criminal suspect and whether they have the authority to compel them to do so – issues that arise under the Chicago Convention. It also briefly examines accountability under the Montreal Convention, as well as the usage of the word “hijacking” under The Hague Convention, while highlighting concerns of state responsibility invocation and implementation for potentially international wrongful conduct.

Could the oil prices be any higher?

Lately, tension has been building between the Indian government and its citizens as for the sixth
straight month, the fuel prices have been skyrocketing with no promises of coming down in near
future. I try to address the issue by exploring reasons for this constant surge in prices, along
with the government's role in it. Then I try to speculate and address the implications of this on

future prices of fuel in India.

The patriarchal grip of the (anti-) Love Jihad law: A normative analysis

The aim of this article is to assess the quotient of justice in social relations in the backdrop of
the ‘Uttar Pradesh (UP) Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020’ or
the (anti-) Love Jihad law. I have built on the patriarchal foundations of this ordinance,
normatively analysing it from the lens of Rawlsian theory of justice and complementary
philosophical positions.

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