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India wins UNSC seat amid China tension: Here’s what it means

India on Wednesday got elected as the non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Winning the UNSC seat amid the ongoing tension with China along the LOC in Ladakh has certainly pumped up India’s confidence.

India won total 184 votes out of 192. This is a two-year term which will begin in January 2021. Despite non-permanent it nature, the UNSC seat will benefit India in many ways.

Here’s what winning the UNSC seat means through 10 points

1. Unopposed victory – This was an unopposed victory for India which will pursue its eighth term as a non-permanent member of the UNSC. This is an opportunity for India to get a strong foothold at the UN and garner support for a permanent membership.

2. UN’s faith in India – India’s win reflects the UN’s tremendous faith in our country. India’s permanent representative to the UN T.S. Tirumurti thanked the UN for reposing confidence in India’s ability, reported HT.

3. Leadership opportunity –¬† Experts believe that winning the UN membership at this critical juncture holds huge significance. They opined that with this new position gained, India will provide leadership during the Covid-19 crisis and also in the post-Covid-19 world.

4. Clear win from Asia Pacific – India’s candidature from the Asia Pacific Group of the UN member countries faced no opposition. The 193 UN member countries elected the five non-permanent members in different phases at the UN headquarters in New York.

5. Non-permanent over permanent – Winning the UNSC seat was vital at this point as China, which throws a bilateral challenge to both India and themselves, is a permanent member of the UN.

7. Claim for rights – Policy-wise this is a big move as India laid emphasis on getting a seat at the high table. As we can all realize, a non-permanent seat at the UN helps India to claim its rights at the international level and raise its voice among the world’s bigwigs.

8. Crucial juncture – Timing played another important role here. With the pandemic and anti-China emotions raging across the world, this turned out to be a boon for India. Now with this Ladakh stand-off continuing, India is more likely to get global support following its membership at the UN.

9. Symbolic power could be beneficial –¬†According to experts, a non-permanent membership at the UN is a source of symbolic power conferred through being on the council. Though the decision-making power of non-permanent members is low, this is an opportunity for a country to develop opinion about a cause or movement on security issues.

Therefore, winning the non-permanent seat at this point will help India to expose China’s belligerent image to the rest of the world and draw support from the members in its favor.

10. Previous terms – India’s seventh term as a UN non-permanent member began in 2011 with 187 votes. The previous terms were 1950-51, 1967-68, 1972-73, 1977-78, 1984-85 and 1991-92. India can move forward this time with the experiences of the previous terms. However, this win is special as it occurred amid Covid-19 and Chinese aggression at the border.

The five permanent members of the UN are UK, US, France, Russia and China. Therefore, this is a golden opportunity for India in a Covid-affected world to improve its status at the international level.

We hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take advantage of the membership and won’t just stop after expressing his gratitude to the UN.

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