Starting Friday, India is all set to assume the non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), much to the chagrin of China. The two-year tenure as a non-permanent member of the world body is expected to help India push its stance of reforms within the UN so that China and its treacherous tentacles deep inside the compromised world body can be culled.
Apart from this huge diplomatic victory, it’s a perfect opportunity for India to hold China accountable for its military aggression on Taiwan and in the Himalayas and its belligerent actions in the South China Sea against the ASEAN Countries and in the East China Sea against Japan.
India will sit in the 15-nation United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2021-22 term as a non-permanent member – the eighth time that the country has had a seat on the powerful horseshoe table. India, Norway, Kenya, Ireland, and Mexico will now join non-permanent members Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, and Vietnam, and the five permanent members China, France, Russia, UK, and The US in the UNSC.
Member States elect India to the non-permanent seat of the Security Council for the term 2021-22 with overwhelming support.
India gets 184 out of the 192 valid votes polled. pic.twitter.com/Vd43CN41cY
— India at UN, NY (@IndiaUNNewYork) June 17, 2020
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador T S Tirumurti has already given signals that New Delhi will take an effective carrot and stick approach when it comes to dealing with China. Although the envoy didn’t mention China in his statements, his subtle insinuation by invoking human rights should suffice that it was China being targeted.
It is imperative to note that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last year had included China in the panel despite having a detestable track record when it comes to upholding human rights in its own backyard.
“As the largest democracy, we will be promoting very fundamental values like democracy, human rights, and development,” said the envoy.
Tirumurti further said India will “definitely” emphasise a greater need for cooperation in the council, which should not be a place where because of any paralysis of decision making, urgent requirements do not get properly focused. “We would like to have a more cooperative structure in which we genuinely lookout and find solutions and go beyond the rhetoric,” the envoy said.
While the demand for UNSC reforms itself is quite old with Japan and Germany demanding a Permanent Seat since 1992, India has itself been in the reckoning for quite some time and has been expressly demanding a Permanent Seat in the UNSC since 2005. India’s claim gets substantially stronger amid the Coronavirus Pandemic and an objectionable China tilt within the UN. Beijing fears that if New Delhi gets a seat at the table, it will have nowhere to run and therefore continues to stonewall India’s election.
Reported by TFI, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while delivering the keynote address at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) annual High-Level Segment in July this year had given a clarion call for reforming the multinational organisation. Simultaneously the PM had also pushed for “reformed multilateralism” in a post-COVID world, with the UN lying at the centre of the said reform and leading by example.
“Today, while celebrating 75 years of the United Nations, let us pledge to reform the global multilateral system. To enhance its relevance, to improve its effectiveness, and to make it the basis of a new type of human-centric globalisation. The United Nations was originally born from the furies of the Second World War. Today, the fury of the pandemic provides the context for its rebirth and reform.” PM Modi had said.
The race to clinch the non-permanent seat was a laborious effort and India won the seat after last being elected in 2011-12. Reported previously by TFI, Canada and its liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were left red-faced after the chance to grab the non-permanent seat slipped from their hands.
With India at the forefront of one of the most powerful panels of the World Body, it will be interesting to see how China and its authoritarian President Xi Jinping gulps down the reality. New Delhi is coming hot for Beijing and the UN — for the reforms have been long overdue and if no action is taken at this crucial juncture in the modern world history, the institution of the UN will lose its relevance as well as the importance and for good.