On October 24, 1945, while the world was healing from the pains of the second world war, 51 countries came together to form an organization that would, in future, ensure that humanity was saved from the upheavals of war. With a resolution in mind and hearts, to maintain peace throughout the world, develop friendly relations among nations, help nations work together to improve the lives of the poor, conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations– UN and India, as one of its founding members, have come a long way.
As we celebrate 75 years of the United Nations, we also celebrate 75 years of India at the United Nations. In his addressing speech, made by Honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, we can absolutely not overlook the fact that India’s role in preaching and practising the objectives, resolutions and promises of the UN have been par excellence.
India, as a nation has proved time and again that it will always cherish the objectives of the UN, one of the most important one being the resolution to maintain peace and harmony between nations. PM Modi, very appropriately mentioned at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, “When India strengthens its development partnership with a country it was not with any malafide intent of making the partner country dependent or hapless.”
Thus, reinstating the fact that if one country applauds another country or tries to achieve a strategic membership or signs any memorandum of understanding with another country, it, in no way means that the intent is to bring down a third country.
This is certainly very important to understand and reflect upon, considering that in today’s time the world order is subjected to changes at a pace which is far beyond in speed than it was, say, a decade or two before. If one country tops the export market, the other takes its precedence in the space achievements, while one country manages to become a hub of tourism, the other outperforms in the industrial sector and so on and so forth.
And for India, specifically, to make this statement at the moment particularly emphasizes the fact that we were, and we are a peace-loving nation, a nation that believes in friendship and dialogue to solve the most complex problems.
India’s election to the non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council with an overwhelming majority of 184 votes out of total 192 UN members, throws light on the goodwill and trust that India has garnered from the other developed, developing and under-developed nations. Achieving this feat for India has not been a day’s work, it has been a long journey of perseverance and judicious efforts in the right directions with the right decisions made at the right time.
Below are listed some of the major achievements and accolades that India could realize for itself, branding it as one of the most powerful democracies of the world:
India is a rising nation, practising soft power, which has worked well for India up till now. United Nations on the other hand is an organization which ensures the goodwill of all its member as well as non-member states.
In such light of events, it becomes increasingly important for United Nations to ensure greater participation and run a couple of amends in its structure to include more and exclude less and to check the structure as per the changing world order today, considering that we are far ahead from where we were at the time of the World War 2.
As for India, it is deemed necessary to devise better ways to approach engagement in its policy matters to ensure its overall development so that it emerges as a powerful nation, thereby adding credibility to its commitment towards multilateralism.