Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a virtual address at the 75th annual UN General Assembly session on Saturday.
The UN General Assembly this year is largely being held online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Majority of world leaders have been delivering pre-recorded speeches at the summit in New York.
“Today, the people of India are concerned whether this reform process will ever reach its logical conclusion. For how long will India be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations?” PM Modi asked at UNGA.
It is a fact that the faith and respect that the UN enjoys among the 1.3 billion people in India is unparalleled, he pointed out.
“When we were strong, we were never a threat to the world. When we were weak, we never become a burden on the world. How long would a country have to wait particularly when the transformational changes happening in that country affect a large part of the world?” he said in his nearly 22-minute speech.
“This is a country, which has hundreds of languages, hundreds of dialects, many sects and many ideologies. This is a country, which was a leading global economy for centuries and also one which has endured hundreds of years of foreign rule. How long would a country have to wait particularly when the transformational changes happening in that country affect a large part of the world?” he asked.
He also referred to India’s contributions to about 50 UN peace missions over the decades.
“India has always given priority to the welfare of the whole world. India is the country, which sent its brave soldiers to about 50 peacekeeping missions the world over to keep the peace. India is that country, which in the course of maintaining peace, has lost the maximum number of its brave soldiers Today every Indian, while seeing the contribution of India in the United Nations, aspires for India’s expanded role in the United Nations,” he said.
Barring China, all other four permanent members of the UNSC have expressed support for India’s candidature for a permanent seat in the security council.