The Saudi Arabian Resource Curse: Cultivating Socio-Economic Ignorance on Overdependence?

This column elucidates the resource curse paradox by positioning the case study of Saudi Arabia at the center of the concept. It delineates the disadvantageous position of this resource-rich country during the period of shock and its recovery phase. Furthermore, it paints in words the implications of oil abundance on the imperfect correlation that exists between religion and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.

The War Crimes of Russia

Clashes between Russia and Ukraine have been a mainstay for the last few years. Russia invaded and captured Crimea in 2014 and has unleashed a full blown war on Ukraine in 2022. This war is illegal and has broken multiple international criminal, humanitarian and human rights laws. This article focuses on the international criminal aspects that have been breached by Russia by initiating the conflict.

Space Laws: What Governs Intellectual Property Rights in Outer-Space?

This article seeks to explore the current IPR regime, how it applies to outer space law, and how it may be adapted to be a better fit for the same. It seeks to do this through an analysis of the current IPR regime (by the means of various articles of international treaties and their inadequacies in addressing the needs of space law) and discussing its viability to support the growth of outer space law and its possibilities. 

Evolving Secularism: An Enquiry into its Different Forms

Various aspects of secularism can be found throughout the history of various rulers and empires, from the Maurya Empire under Ashoka to that of modern-day India and more radically in that of Turkey. Therefore, the evolution of secularism in the past, and more importantly its applicability in different societies in the present, through different means, is the aspect we will try to address.

Dichotomy Between Environment and Development: Analysis of Char Dham Project Judgement

The tussle between environment and development has been existing since the beginning of industrialisation and will continue to exist. Sustainable development is found to be the middle ground or the binding force between these polarised realms. But what does this principle entails? Has it been carved out well by the judiciary? The article attempts to answer these by examining the judgement on government initiated Char Dham Project.

Health infrastructure of Rural Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is a hilly state in northern India and because of its physiography, it creates a barrier to health service diffusion and accessibility. Despite performing admirably, the state nevertheless has healthcare difficulties such as a lack of medical personnel and inadequate infrastructure. This article compares the state’s rural health infrastructure to those of other hilly states and attempts to understand the reasons for the region’s current healthcare issues.

China’s Economic Slowdown and the Likely Impact on its Foreign Policy

China’s economy has witnessed a slowdown due to a number of reasons – stringent lockdowns to prevent the spread of covid19, some of Xi Jinping’s tough measures pertaining to sectors such as real estate. In recent weeks, there is a realisation that China needs a course correction and senior officials have made statements in this direction. Given its current economic state, it is likely that China may also rethink its foreign policy and ensure that ties with the west do not go downhill, in spite of the Ukraine crisis.

Budget 2022: Taxing of Cryptocurrency in India

In the budget speech, Finance minister Nirmala Sithraman announced a flat 30% tax rate on income generated from the transfer of digital assets. However, later she clarifies that this does not mean that these assets are legitimised, which was received with scepticism. This article first discusses how the legality of these assets is irrelevant to the government’s tax regime on them, and then moves on to discuss how we can interpret the government’s stance on digital assets through the lens of tax rates.

Tracing the Origins of Israel’s Diplomatic Relations and Foreign Policy

This article looks at the history of Israel’s diplomatic relations dating back to the 1940s during which the Jewish state transformed straight from a non-state entity to an internationally recognized modern nation-state. Additionally, it particularly explores the significance of the strategic partnership between Israel and the United States and its key role in Israel’s foreign policy.

Bullet Trains: A Risky Gamble For India?

The Indian government has an ambitious plan of establishing four new high-speed rail corridors under the National Rail Plan by 2031. NHSRCL, the implementing agency, has recently invited bids for preparing detailed project reports for these routes. However, the success of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor, currently under construction, strongly determines the implementation of further HSR corridors. Therefore, the focus of this article is to examine the economic feasibility and environmental impact of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor in India.

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