Much hype was created recently about the PM Modi’s address to the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations where he put forward the oft-repeated demand of India’s inclusion in the UN Security Council. While the demand for Indian membership of the UNSC is justified, looking at the history, size, economy and potential to play a constructive role in global affairs, under the current dispensation, these credentials have been tainted by multiple inconsistencies, especially in the neighbourhood.
India should use its UNSC chair with an independent outlook and seek to use that position to represent other nations hitherto unrepresented or underrepresented at the big tables, continuing the tradition of speaking for the marginalised and those suffering from imperialism.
Unfortunately, the course Indian foreign policy has taken in the last few years does not correspond with this broad, inclusive worldview based on solidarity and instead has increasingly aligned with the US-Israel nexus strengthening western dominance in world affairs.
In this context, India and China, as world’s two most populous countries and mega-economies should engage in a meaningful dialogue having mutual trust to resolve the border disputes and to bring the current stand off to an end as soon as possible. India should strive to make the world more inclusive, just and sensitive to environment. India pursuing an independent foreign policy, thus, is not only essential for the country or the South Asian region alone, it has much more important role to play for the deprived populations of the world.