India’s two-year tenure as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council begins in the new year, a precursor to a fixed seat at the top table, or so the government must be hoping (see Page 5).
US President Barack Obama may or may not have expressed his support, but his recent statements have been taken as an endorsement.
As a country with one-sixth of the world’s population, India feels it richly deserves the spot. Neighbouring China may not be an over- enthusiastic champion. In any case, if India is allowed, what about other aspirants? And then there’s that pesky veto. An increase in the number of permanent seats may mean an increase in the number of potential naysayers and the consequent potential for endless deadlock. Then again, the world has changed over the past six decades. Perhaps it’s time the Security Council reflected that transformation.