India Will Get Permanent UN Security Council Seat, But…: S Jaishankar

India Will Get Permanent UN Security Council Seat, But…: S Jaishankar


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar today said India will definitely get permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council as there is a feeling in the world that it should get the position, but the country will have to work harder this time for it.

He was speaking during an interaction with intellectuals in Gujarat’s Rajkot city and was asked by the audience on India’s chances of becoming the permanent member of the world body. The United Nations was formed around 80 years ago, five nations – China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States – decided among themselves to become permanent members of its security council, Mr Jaishankar said.

At that time, there were a total of around 50 independent countries in the world, which has over time increased to around 193, he said.

“But these five nations have kept their control, and it is strange that you have to ask them to give us their consent for a change. A few agree, a few others put forward their position with honesty, while others do something from behind,” he said.

This has been going on for several years, the minister said.

“But now, there is a feeling across the world that this should change, and India should get a permanent seat. I see this feeling increasing every year,” he said.

“We will definitely get it. But nothing big is ever achieved without hard work,” Mr Jaishankar said.

“We will have to work hard, and this time we will have to work even harder,” he added.

The Union minister said India, Japan, Germany and Egypt have put forward a proposal together before the UN and he believes this will take the matter a bit forward.

“But we must build pressure, and when this pressure increases…There is a feeling in the world that the UN has weakened. There was a deadlock in the UN on the Ukraine war and no consensus was reached in the UN regarding Gaza. I think as this feeling increases, our chances of getting a permanent seat will increase,” he said.

When asked about baby girl Ariha Shah, who was taken away from her Indian parents by authorities in Germany and sent to foster care, Mr Jaishankar said he was personally aware of the matter and monitoring it.

“The girl has been given to the child services. We are dissatisfied with this. We do not want the child to be raised as per the German culture. Her parents have moved the court and the matter is being heard,” the minister said.

“At my level I have raised the issue with my counterpart. Our effort is to find some solutions,” he added.

In his address at the event, Mr Jaishankar said India has proved in the last 10 years that democracy can deliver.

The world is amazed at India moving towards 7 per cent growth despite the COVID-19 pandemic hampering growth, he said.

“The world believes that India as the fastest growing large economy can become the engine of global growth,” he said. The world understands that India has technological talent, he added.

World agencies such as the UN understand India’s achievements in social sectors like access to water, electricity, roads, health, schooling, etc, the external affairs minister further said.”We should understand that being the fifth largest economy, on the way to becoming the third largest and with the biggest population, the world believes us to be talented people and expects us to contribute to resolve challenges,” he added.
 
Not likely to happen during Biden Administration when Democrats in collaboration with China will block it. In that case , cut the UN funding to half or less and withdraw all Indian troops from UN duty.
 
Not likely to happen during Biden Administration when Democrats in collaboration with China will block it. In that case , cut the UN funding to half or less and withdraw all Indian troops from UN duty.
The number of permanent members didnt change for 80 years. No reason to believe it will change now or in future.Will never happen. UN is useless organisation now. It needs to go. India will get a seat at the table of the new organisation that comes up in its place.
 
The number of permanent members didnt change for 80 years. No reason to believe it will change now or in future.Will never happen. UN is useless organisation now. It needs to go. India will get a seat at the table of the new organisation that comes up in its place.
Instead of begging for a permanent seat at UNSC,India should develop its economy,expand trade and investment ties across the globe,make its workforce skilled and highly sought after,enhance its naval capabilities and crucially over time make its currency a global one.
The above things are far more valuable than a mere permanent seat at the UNSC,after all if the UN is comatose and rudderless,what is the point in coveting a seat there in the first place?
After all today,India is a member of most of the important technology control regimes,and will remain so for any newer ones coming up for AI or Nuclear fusion etc in the future.
My point being,I don't see a huge rational or even need for that particular seat given that there are so many 'real' things that can boost Indian strategic power regardless of whether any country thinks.
 
Instead of begging for a permanent seat at UNSC,India should develop its economy,expand trade and investment ties across the globe,make its workforce skilled and highly sought after,enhance its naval capabilities and crucially over time make its currency a global one.
The above things are far more valuable than a mere permanent seat at the UNSC,after all if the UN is comatose and rudderless,what is the point in coveting a seat there in the first place?
After all today,India is a member of most of the important technology control regimes,and will remain so for any newer ones coming up for AI or Nuclear fusion etc in the future.
My point being,I don't see a huge rational or even need for that particular seat given that there are so many 'real' things that can boost Indian strategic power regardless of whether any country thinks.
Well, all of what you are saying is true.

But the UN security is 'The Table', when we talk about 'a seat at the table'. It may be useless. But is still the most prestigious position a country can have. Entire world associates it with a position of power.

If it was meaningless as you say, china would not be opposing our joining so much. The reason why it is opposing us getting a permanent seat at security council is that, it would no longer mean china is big brother in south asia. We still have to rely on US, Russia etc to speak for us and veto for us. It is shameful.
 

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