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India will undoubtedly become a permanent member of the UN Security Council, according to External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, on Tuesday. The world community believes that India should hold this post, but the nation will need to put in more effort this time around.

Jaishankar pointed out that when the United Nations was established 80 years ago, five nations—China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States—claimed permanent membership in its security council. Despite the global landscape evolving from around 50 independent countries to approximately 193, these five nations have retained their control, requiring others to seek their consent for any change.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the status quo, Jaishankar noted a growing global consensus advocating for India’s inclusion as a permanent member. He acknowledged that while progress has been slow over the years, the momentum is now shifting in India’s favor.

Highlighting collaborative efforts, Jaishankar mentioned that India, along with Japan, Germany, and Egypt, has jointly proposed reforms to the UN, a move that he believes will advance the matter. However, he stressed the importance of building pressure, particularly in light of recent UN deadlocks regarding conflicts such as the Ukraine war and Gaza.

Addressing concerns about the case of Ariha Shah, a baby girl separated from her Indian parents by authorities in Germany, Jaishankar assured that the Indian government is actively monitoring the situation and seeking solutions to ensure the child’s well-being and cultural upbringing.

Reflecting on India’s democratic progress, Jaishankar asserted that India has demonstrated its ability to deliver despite challenges, achieving significant economic growth even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. He emphasized that India’s potential as a global economic powerhouse is recognized worldwide, citing its technological prowess and achievements in various social sectors.

Jaishankar concluded by underscoring the world’s expectation for India to contribute to addressing global challenges, given its status as the fifth-largest economy, with aspirations to become the third-largest, and its vast population, which is viewed as a source of talent and innovation.

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