Author: Mohinder Pal Singh
(Col Mohinder Pal Singh,PhD is a defence Analyst working for EGROW Foundation. Views expressed are personal)
The world is passing through a testing time. As on today over nine lakhs people are affected with over 40,000 deaths. The number seems to be going out of control and no solution seems plausible in the near future. The worst is that all the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council(UNSC), who steer the UN, are badly affected by the pandemic. The irresponsible handling of the situation and exporting of the virus from China could have been controlled. These callous actions of China have been condemned by all other countries of the world except Pakistan.
Today more than 100 nations have become victims of this pandemic without any fault of theirs. Billions of dollars of wealth of the people and the nations has been brought to naught. The whole world is on the brink of an economic crisis. Placed in such a situation, any other country in the world would have faced severe punitive actions from the UN and other nations . As China is itself a member of the UNSC , no action against it can be initiated by the UN as it has the ‘veto’ power to thwart it. This hegemony can no longer be accepted. The candidature of 5 permanent members of the UNSC are post WW II does not represent the reality of the present world order. Going by India’s status of being a nuclear power, magnitude of the economy , population, or the stability of the nation , India’s right to a permanent seat at the UNSC cannot be disregarded. A country having one seventh population of the world with stable democratic setup, it cannot be denied its rightful place in the Council.
Post Covid 19, the world order is going to see a real Change. Europe which is very severely hit will not be able to revive their economies and would need time to recuperate. It will be the right time for India , under the dynamic leadership of PM Modi to pitch for its rightful place for the 1.3 billion people. India with its economic and strategic prowess is already recognised by the world. India’s candidature for permanent seat at UNSC already has a strong support from USA , Russia and France. India is already an important regional power in South Asia and having good and responsible relations with all other countries in the world. India has made its stand very clear on issues related to ‘No first use of nuclear weapons’ and is working hand in hand with western countries in their fight against global terrorism. There is no doubt that once nominated as a permanent member of UNSC India will be able to contribute meaningfully towards UN’s quest for world peace.