By Alka Joshi
During a recent trip to India, US President Barack Obama mentioned in his speech to Parliament that India should get a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council. That announcement excited a lot of Indians living around the world, who are actively involved in the politics.
But the facts are:
(1) It is true that India’s population is largest among all the countries, but most of them are poor, illiterate and underprivileged. They carry no influence on the world scene;
(2) India’s GDP growth is better than average in the last few years, but it does not mean that India will become an economic powerhouse like China, Japan or Korea and compete with the USA;
(3) India is much weaker militarily than many nations. Even a tiny nation of Israel is much stronger. So India has no voice on the world stage; and
(4) It needs unanimous decision of the five permanent members of the Security Council to allow India a permanent seat, and also has to be ratified by the General Assembly. Most likely China, Russia and other Asian or African countries will vote against such a resolution.
So there is no need to get excited for something that will never happen.