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India and an alternative United Nations
by Vinoo Wadher
The time has come for India and the whole of South East Asia and the near east to consider developing a second United Nations (U.N.), to better represent the views of the countries of the developing world.
Politicians of Europe and the United States should note that this is not such an impossible task. They should remember that it is India’s Nehru, Yugoslavia’s Marshall Tito and Egypt’s Abdul Gamal Nasser that successfully formed the group of non-aligned nations because they were determined not to involve themselves with the warmongering ideals of the western nations after the end of WWII.
The existing U.N. was developed by the victors of the Second World War who became permanent members of the Security Council and made the rest of the world believe that their countries won the world war by defeating Nazi Germany. They totally ignored the contribution of 4.2 million Indian soldiers and 6 million Jews that laid down their lives as fodder for the wars.
The western countries still present themselves as the great alma-mater of India, Africa and the Carribbean Islands and this train of thought is maintained not only by the British but also the French. America and Russia occupied permanent seats in the U.N. security council as a result of having nuclear weapons, and China later occupied a permanent seat with the argument that not only did they have nuclear weapons but also represented 1.2 billion people on the planet.
It should be noted that the ex-colonial countries such as the British and French still occupy permanent seats on the Security Council when they have nothing to do with their former colonies and only represent themselves. The only reason they claim a position on the U.N. Security Council is that they are also members of the ‘nuclear club’ as nations with established nuclear weapons programmes at their disposal.
The face of the world has changed since the U.N. was formed. Now, in the 21st century, India not only represents 1.2 billion people but has also developed a nuclear weapons programme of its own. The newly formed G-4 consisting of Japan, Brazil, Germany and India represent a significant chunk of the world’s economy and population and should therefore be respected and given permanent positions in the U.N. Security Council and be granted the right of veto like the existing council members.
In spite of knowing the history of the world since the end of WWII and the loss of their colonies, the British and French who only represent 60 and 80 million people of the world respectively are allowed to maintain permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council. Even the other permanent member countries such as the USA (representing 220 million) and Russia (representing 280 million) and China (representing 1.8 billion) do not represent the significant majority of the world’s population.
These countries cannot dictate terms to over 4 billion people in developing powers of Africa and South-East Asia. The wealth of these developing countries lies in agriculture and natural reserves of oil and minerals as well as modern technology. Europe and America have little in the name of natural resources to claim as their own. Perhaps this is why these nations wish to keep the other 4 billion people of the world hostage through so-called “United Nations” charters so they are forced to comply with unjust laws that regulate their ability to trade freely with other countries in both resources, agriculture and technology. These laws are written by a select committee of 5 countries for the benefit of those countries alone, despite claims to the contrary. Today, the G-4 should take the lead to continue the improvement of the U.N. charter so that the rest of the world cannot be interfered with by five relatively small and unimportant countries that call themselves the ‘security council’. A prime example of this would be the recent unjust war on Iraq that was forcefully pushed through the U.N. by American and British arrogance, against the will of the rest of the world.
In a recent newspaper article in Germany, Bill Clinton, the ex-president of the USA, expressed his beliefs that the US state department was at the root of the resistance to plans to include the G-4 countries as Security Council members. He knew full well that the US supported other countries like Italy (which fought against them as fascists during WWII) and newly formed countries like Pakistan (which is nothing but an offshoot of Indian land forcefully separated by unjust British colonial power) in the race to acquire permanent positions on the Security Council.
Therefore, it should be noted that if the U.N. continues to interfere with the rest of the world, at the whim of five permanent members, then India and other emerging world powers, such as Africa and South East Asia should think independently and form a second United Nations. Only then will the majority of the world be free from the selfish greed and bullying of the Western powers.