Saturday, December 04, 2010

India and United Nations Security Council

The influential New York Times said that by endorsing India for a permanent seat Obama had "signalled the United States' intention to create a deeper partnership of the world's two largest democracies that would expand commercial ties and check the influence of an increasingly assertive China".

French President Nicolas Sarkozy backed India's case for a permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council, saying it was "unthinkable" to keep a country of over one billion out.

The United Arab Emirates on Monday said that it fully backed India's bid for permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council.

IMO: The existing permanent members of the UNSC are China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States. It seems absurd for India not to be a member and I agree with President Sarkozy on that. There are a lot of actual protesters against the proposed Ratnagiri nuclear project, which should increase India's use of nuclear power by a factor of 8. It might even reduce the enormous number of power cuts in Vasai and allow reduction in the over-supercrush congestion on the local railways. This is quite a different matter but it also should be good and aid the environment along the Konkan coast if well organised. The first new nuclear plants will probably be organised by the French. Certainly the Dehanu Road coal-fired plant, a little north of Vasai, is ruining the area with its pollution and hopefully the big nuclear facility at Ratnagiri will have the opposite effect on the Konkan coast.

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