India on Thursday assumed Presidency of the 15-nation UN Security Council for the month of December and to mark the occasion, the country’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj spoke about democracy in India.
India does not need to be told what to do on democracy, India’s first woman Permanent Representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj said on Thursday.
Media Briefing by Ambassador @ruchirakamboj to the United Nations Press on India’s 🇮🇳 priorities for the month of December as President of the United Nations Security Council #IndiainUNSC@IndianDiplomacy pic.twitter.com/hD9K1Zcjxm— India at UN, NY (@IndiaUNNewYork) December 1, 2022
Responding to a question on democracy and freedom of press in India, she said “to that I would like to say that, we don’t need to be told what to do on democracy.
“India is perhaps the most ancient civilization in the world as all of you know. In India, democracy had roots going back to 2500 years, we were always a democracy. Coming down to very recent times, we have all the pillars of democracy that are intact – legislature, executive, judiciary and the fourth estate, the press. And a very vibrant social media. So the country is the world’s largest democracy,” Kamboj said.
“Every five years we conduct the world’s largest democratic exercise. Everyone is free to say as they wish and please and that is how our country functions. It’s rapidly reforming, transforming and changing. And the trajectory has been very impressive. And I don’t have to say this, you don’t have to listen to me. Others are saying this," she added.
Kamboj, will sit in the President’s seat at the horse-shoe table. On the first day of India’s presidency, she addressed reporters in the UN headquarters on the monthly programme of work. India’s Presidency will bring the curtains down on India’s two-year tenure as elected non-permanent member of the powerful UN organ. During this term India will host signature events on countering terrorism and reformed multilateralism.
(With inputs from PTI)
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