India takes its place in UN security Council the organisation’s highest decision-making body, with a pledge to “bring human-centric and inclusive solutions” to world problems. India’s membership was celebrated on Monday at a flag ceremony when its banner went up outside the Council chamber after the first session of the year.
Speaking at the ceremony, India’s Permanent Representative T.S. Tirumurti pledged that India would “not shy away from raising our voice against the common enemies of humanity like terrorism.”
“We will use our tenure to bring human-centric and inclusive solutions to matters of international peace and security. India will be a voice for the developing world,” he said.
At the Council, where China has repeatedly tried in recent years to bring up the Kashmir issue and questioning India’s integrity along with Pakistan, Tirumurti pointedly made a reference to the union territory and its unity with India. “From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, we stand united as one, bound by our ethos of democracy, pluralism and commitment to fundamental rights,” he said, while pointing out that the nation with one-sixth the world’s population is the largest democracy.