U.S. funds Pakistan’s Projects: A setback to India’s Relations with the Western Hegemony

Yashika Jain, National Law University, Delhi.

A recent move by the US to mobilise funds for the two major dams that Pakistan has been striving to build has left India unsettled. U.S. hailed this infrastructure project as Pakistan’s “smartest choice” for economic development and has pledged to extend its support in funding the same. The two dams, Diamer-Bhasha Dam and the Dasu Dam are gravity dams, which are still in the preliminary stages of construction due to the series of controversies and lack of funds.  Diamer-Bhasha Dam is proposed to be built on the River Indus in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Its foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani of Pakistan on 18 October, 2011 and majority of the funding is being provided by Aga Khan Development Network. (more…)

The USA Freedom Act: Balanced, et al?

By Surbhi Agrawal, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun.

USA Freedom Act is the Legislation designed to place strict limits on the National Security Agency (NSA) Surveillance, passed by Barack Obama on June 2, 2015. It stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet- collection and Online Monitoring Act.” The enactment of this Legislation has strengthened Civil Liberty and provided greater public confidence. The USA Freedom Act restricted the NSA from secretly collecting the phone records of tens of millions of Americans. The NSA does not involve itself just in listening or recording conversation but this spy agency uses this data to analyze the calling patterns with an effort to detect terrorist activities. (more…)