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India’s seamless victory over UN Security Council, non-permanent seat

by Shatakshi

India sailed through and was elected was the non-permanent member for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) seat. India won this non-permanent seat from the Asia Pacific Group. Though being a single candidate from Asia Pacific category, stilled India won this seat with the great support and secured 184 votes out of 192 votes from all its member nations, where the minimum required number of votes were 128. This is rather a great opportunity for India that it got elected for this term of two years, that is, 2021-2022.

It is not for the first time that India became the non- permanent member of UNSC, but also earlier India had held this seat for around seven times. India has served seven times earlier: 1950-1951, 1967-1968, 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1984-1985, 1991-1992 and 2011-2012.

Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi also expressed his thankfulness for all the member countries that voted and made India elected as the non-permanent member of United Nation Security Council.

UNSC has five permanent members which are US, The United Kingdom, France, Russia and China; along with that it has ten non-permanent members. All the members cast their votes through the ballot system. This time India kept forward its objectives that it would focus on, after becoming the non-permanent member of UNSC. These objectives were termed as “NORMS” which meant “new orientation for a reformed multilateral system”. These objectives were kept forward by S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India.

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For this term, India came up with its campaign brochure which focused on its demand for transparency in mandates for UN peacekeeping missions and push for the India-led Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, and called for joint efforts for UN reform and expansion of the Security Council.

Achieving this would actually entirely depend upon how India would further conduct its diplomacy in this global body, how it would build alliances as well as raise issues that go beyond the interests of the big five, permanent members of UNSC. India had long held this view that the structure of the UNSC doesn’t reflect the realities of the 21st century any more. But this time India won immense support of the member nations for its push for reforms. But the five permanent members of the Security Council had always resisted these attempts in the past.

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