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India’s Shot at Permanent Candidacy: The UNSC Campaign

Never has the timing been this right, nor the support been this vocal for India’s permanent candidature in the United Nations Security Council. This may be India’s biggest opportunity as we look to secure a non-permanent Seat as part of the Asia Pacific representation at the UNSC once the elections take place on 17th June 2020 under the new norms given the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.

It is not the first time that India has secured this position as it has been elected seven times before since 1950. However, the difference this time lies in the rise of India on the global stage whether it be politically, economically or even in terms of Intelligence and Security. On 5th June 2020, Australia’s endorsement of India’s permanent candidacy for a UNSC seat and NSG membership made headlines across the World, thus amplifying the rise of India.

Unanimously endorsed by the 55 members of the Asia-Pacific grouping, India is the sole candidate for the SC seat from the Asia Pacific Quota, thus not only ensuring an electoral victory, but also highlighting the international support and hope for India to make a positive mark on the stage like never before.

In addition, Western nations along with Australia and Japan having been weary of China’s ambitions, have hailed India as the “Ethical and Democratic Answer” to the Chinese hegemony. The Elephant is being primed to upset the Dragon both politically and economically as the World Order shifts further East during the global pandemic and post it as well.
India would look to capitalise on the image and influence of a non-permanent member of the UNSC to pave a path for a stronger, more influential India, with the end goal being permanent candidacy at the UNSC.
India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar has laid down his ambitions and principles through a brochure as to how India plans to use its voice as a nation of sensibility, ambition, and peace. He hopes to have India make a positive influence on International Politics and Relations. He defined five key areas of opportunity and ambition: (a) effective response to international terrorism, (b) reforming the multilateral system, (c) comprehensive approach to International Peace, (d) comprehensive approach to national and international security, and (e) promotion of technology with a humanistic touch. He also emphasised the ideals of Samman (respect), Samvad (dialogue), Sahyog (cooperation), Shanti (peace), and Samriddhi (prosperity).
India is now on a campaign to look toward West for intelligence and security and East for trade and prosperity, thus making the best of both worlds. At the Indian International Defence summit that was held in Delhi last year, there was major interest put forth by government officials and defence officers of the United States, France, Australia, UK and Russia in collaborating with India in the Indo-Pacific as well as the South Asian and West Asian regions.
Chief of Indian Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat said that he was looking to revamp the structures of the Navy and Army and modelling them after Royal British and Australian defences to make the most out of India’s ever-growing Military. This is only just one highlight of the elaborate collaboration the world wants to participate in with India.
Only the Dragon Economy stands in India’s path, and having seen the remarkable progress of India as stated above, it’s only a matter of time when the Elephant Power comes through.

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