Looking for a seat at the elite table!

The major powers are keen on clinging on to an outmoded system at the United Nations that has no relevance to current world politics.

Looking for a seat at the elite table!
The Secretariat building in New York City, where staff of the UN Secretariat carry out the day-to-day work of the UN along with other staff in New York and UN Secretariat staff members world-wide. UN Photo/Manuel Elías

For the last fifteen years or so every now and then the issue of expansion of the United Nations Security Council crops up as a part of larger reform of the world body; and naturally in New Delhi the keen interest is whether India is going to be a part in the evolving scheme of things. It is not merely in the expansion of the Security Council but in the composition of the Permanent Members, currently five who have the much coveted veto power. Hence any expansion of the Security Council will have to see an expansion of Permanent Members with veto. And that is where much of the apprehension and haggling comes in.

One of the standard media question put forth at a visiting foreign dignitary who comes is: “Do you support India to be a part of the expanded Security Council”?; most often the response has always been along expected lines and in the affirmative. In fact the common assumption has always been that the only hold out among the Permanent Five to India’s inclusion into the Club is China. But as far as the United States was concerned President Barack Obama and Donald Trump have always seen India’s inclusion in positive terms.