The rise and rise of In­dia at UN

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - WORLD - Yash­want Raj

WASH­ING­TON: In­dia may have made elec­tions at the United Na­tions and af­fil­i­ated bod­ies look easy with its unas­sail­able record of wins that grew by a count of one on Fri­day — a seat on the world body’s hu­man rights coun­cil with the high­est vote tally of all.

But such elec­tions are any­thing but easy. Ask Rus­sia, a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. It lost its re-election bid to the same body in 2016. In the past three years, ev­ery coun­try that con­tested an es­ti­mated 10 elec­tions or there­abouts at the UN or re­lated bod­ies has lost at least once, ex­cept two states, ac­cord­ing to a UN of­fi­cial. In­dia hap­pens to be one of the two, win­ning ev­ery race it en­tered.

Even the five per­ma­nent mem­bers of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil — the US, the UK, Rus­sia, France and China — have tasted de­feat at least once in re­cent years.

In­dia won a three-year term on the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil on Fri­day, re­tain­ing its win­ning streak while se­cur­ing the max­i­mum num­ber of votes, 188 of the to­tal of 197. “We choose our bat­tles well,” said Syed Ak­barud­din, In­dia’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN. “Put in a lot of ef­fort. Work seam­lessly at all lev­els and across the globe. This en­ables us to gar­ner sup­port of our many friends all over the world.”

The most spec­tac­u­lar of In­dian wins was the election of Dalveer Bhan­dari, for a sec­ond term, to the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice in Novem­ber 2017. Just months be­fore, in April, In­dia se­cured the election of Judge Neeru Chadha to the In­ter­na­tional Tri­bunal for the Law of the Sea. There was the election in 2016 of Anirud­dha Ra­jput to the In­ter­na­tional Law Com­mis­sion. In­dia’s record of elec­toral vic­to­ries at the UN is cur­rently bet­ter than all the five per­ma­nent mem­bers.

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