These are India's primary objectives at the UN General Assembly
- The external affairs minister for India,
Sushma Swaraj, will be representing Indiaat the 73rd UN General Assembly( UNGA).
- She has over a dozen bilateral meetings scheduled during the conferences and is scheduled to be present at two sessions.
- In her speech at the UNGA, Swaraj focussed on India-Pakistan relations and the issue of India’s seat on the UN Security Council.
Earlier India was scheduled to engage with Pakistan as well, but after the killing of three Jammu and Kashmir policemen and the issuing of stamps commemorating Burhan Wani, talks with Shah Mahmood Qureshi were cancelled.
Swaraj is still scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with the representatives of Germany, Panama Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Austria, Armenia, Antigua Barbuda, Nepal, Bolivia, Chile and Iran among others.
She will also be representing India in the session on climate change held of secretary general, António Guterres, and the Ministerial Committee of the NAM on Palestine. The latter is of special significance considering the strategic and trade relationship between India and Israel.
Like last year, Swaraj delivered her speech in Hindi at the
And, without naming any country in particular, Swaraj pointed out that India is busy fighting poverty but its ‘neighbouring country’ is busy fighting against the nation. She even pointed out the irony of this ‘neighbouring country’ advocating human-rights and accusing India of violations.
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She went on to highlight other differences between India and Pakistan in terms of development and technology. The question really becomes whether India-Pakistan relations are the only issue that animate Indian interest on a global stage.
The focus on regional issues on the global platform keeps India from engaging with other nations on international concerns and takes from the impact that India has on other issues that are been contested. And, this is despite the country’s growing economic relevance.
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A permanent seat on the UN Security Council through the G4 alliance consisting of Brazil, Germany, India and Japan is still on the table. But, considering that all developments indicate that it’s unlikely to happen, maybe India should pivot its interests until the situation changes.
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And while India has spent considerable time engaging in the international convention against
Instead, experts suggest that India should focus on addressing issues of global trade and