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1)4% Contraction in Growth: ADB:-

Why in News

According to the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Indian economy is expected to contract by 4% during the current financial year (2020-21).

  • Earlier, in April 2020, ADB had projected India’s economy to grow at 4% in 2020-21.
  • The ADO analyzes economic and development issues in developing countries in Asia. This includes forecasting the inflation and growth rates of countries throughout the region, including China and India.

Key Points

  • Reasons for Contraction:
    • Global health emergency created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
      • After the introduction of lockdowns in late March 2020, economic activity in South Asia came to standstill.
      • The lockdown also disrupted the supply chain.
    • The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) slowed to 3.1% in the last quarter (Jan-March) of the financial year 2019-20. It is the slowest since early 2003.
    • The overall economic growth slowed to 4.2% in 2019-20 as both exports and investment started to contract.
    • The Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to all-time lows in April 2020.
    • Migrant workers have gone home to their villages after losing their jobs in the cities and will be slow to return to cities to work again.
  • Growth Projections for Developing Asia:
    • Developing Asia refers to a group of over 40 countries, including India, that are members of the ADB. Growth of 0.1% is expected.
      • This is down from the 2.2% forecast in April 2020 and would be the slowest growth for the region since 1961.
      • However, China is expected to record a positive growth of 1.8% in 2020-21.
  • No V-shaped Recovery:
    • Even as lockdowns are slowly eased and select economic activities restart, economies in Asia and the Pacific will continue to feel the blow of the Covid-19 pandemic this year.
    • Despite a higher growth outlook for the region in 2020-21, there will not be a V-shaped recovery.
  • Issues Involved:
    • The Covid-19 pandemic may see multiple waves of outbreaks in the coming period. This may lead to an increase in sovereign debt and worse to a financial crisis.
    • There is also the risk of renewed escalation in trade tensions between the United States and China.

Asian Development Bank

  • ADB is a regional development bank established on 19th December 1966.
  • It has 68 members. India is a founding member.
  • Japan holds the largest proportion of shares in ADB followed by the USA.
  • It aims to promote social and economic development in Asia and the Pacific.
  • It is headquartered in Manila, Philippines.

Way Forward

  • India should undertake policy measures to reduce the negative impact of Covid-19 and ensure that no further waves of the outbreak occur.
  • As India has opened its economy, it needs to improve the supply chain which was disrupted due to lockdown.
  • A labour market recovery will be a key to the economy running again.

2)Global Trends Report: UNHCR:-

Why in News

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released its annual Global Trends report before the World Refugee Day (20th June).

  • Global Trends is published every year to count and track the numbers of refugees, internally displaced people, people who have returned to their countries or areas of origin, asylum-seekers, stateless people and other populations of concern to UNHCR.

Key Points

  • Displacement in 2019:
    • Nearly 80 million people were forcibly displaced by the end of 2019 — which is nearly 1% of the global population.
      • Half of those displaced were children.
    • Of the 80 million people, 26 million were cross-border refugees, 45.7 million were internally displaced people, 4.2 million were asylum seekers and 3.6 million were Venezuelans displaced abroad.
    • More than eight of every 10 refugees (85%) are in developing countries, generally a country neighbouring the one they fled.
    • Five countries account for two-thirds of people displaced across borders: Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar.
      • Syria has been the top country of origin for refugees since 2014.
  • Reason of Displacement:
    • Persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order were the main reasons behind the forced displacement.
    • 80% of the world’s displaced people are in countries or territories affected by acute food insecurity and malnutrition – many of them facing climate and other disaster risk.
  • Comparison of Displacement in Past Decade (2010-19):
    • The number of refugees doubled from about 10 million in 2010 to 20.4 million at the end of 2019. Close to 53% were newly displaced.
      • 1 in every 97 people were affected by forced displacement in 2019, compared to 1 in every 159 people in 2010 and 1 in every 174 in 2005.
    • Nearly to 40% of those displaced (or 30-34 million) forcibly between 2010-2019 include children below 18 years of age.
    • Very few people who have been displaced were able to return to their homes.
      • In the 1990s, on average 1.5 million refugees were able to return home each year. That number has fallen to around 3,85,000 in the past decade (2010-2019).

World Refugee Day

  • It is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe.
  • It falls each year on 20th June and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.
  • It is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for the refugee’s plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a UN Refugee Agency and a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting the rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
  • It was created in 1950 to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes.
  • It is headquartered at Geneva, Switzerland.

Way Forward

  • The report underlines that forced displacement nowadays is not only vastly more widespread but is simply no longer a short-term and temporary phenomenon. People cannot be expected to live in a state of upheaval for years on end, without a chance of going home, nor a hope of building a future where they are.
  • The refugees should be provided asylum, since it is a human right. Countries should not deny asylum based on race, religion, geography etc. In the aftermath of World War II, most countries agreed to protect refugees through the 1951 Refugee Convention.
  • There is a need for a fundamentally new and more accepting attitude towards all who flee, coupled with a much more determined drive to end conflicts that go on for years and that are at the root of such immense suffering.

3)Russia-India-China Grouping: RIC:-

Why in News

Recently, the Ministry of External Affairs has announced that it will participate in the virtual meeting of the Russia-India-China (RIC) grouping scheduled to be held on 23rd June, 2020.

  • It can be noted that the RIC was also a platform for the first meeting between India and China in New Delhi after the end of Doklam standoff.

Key Points

  • Special Session: This special session of the RIC has been called by the current Chair- Russia to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the victory in the second world war over Nazism and creation of the United Nations (24th October, 2020).
    • It will also discuss the current situation of the global pandemic and the challenges of global security, financial stability and RIC cooperation in that context.
  • India’s Stand: The Indian decision to go ahead with the ministerial level exchange has created an opening for de-escalation of tension along the Line of Actual Control.
  • China’s Stand: While confirming the participation in the meeting, China has also agreed to control the situation in the border areas.
  • Russia’s Stand: Russia indicated that it would support “constructive dialogue” over the tension in eastern Ladakh as Russia is trusted by both India and China
  • Regional Connectivity:
    • Regional connectivity projects such as the International North South Transport Corridor involving India, Russia and Iran are expected to figure in the agenda.
      • International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), is multi-modal transportation established in 2000 in St. Petersburg, by Iran, Russia and India for the purpose of promoting transportation cooperation among the Member States.
      • This corridor connects India Ocean and the Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea via the Islamic Republic of Iran and then is connected to St. Petersburg and North Europe via the Russian Federation.
  • No Bilateral Issues: However, the focus of the meeting will be on global coronavirus pandemic and no bilateral issues will be discussed.

RIC

  • RIC is a strategic grouping that first took shape in the late 1990s under the leadership of Yevgeny Primakov, a Russian politician as “a counterbalance to the Western alliance.”
  • The group was founded on the basis of ending its subservient foreign policy guided by the USA and renewing old ties with India and fostering the newly discovered friendship with China.
  • Together, the RIC countries occupy over 19% of the global landmass and contribute to over 33% of global GDP.

Relevance of RIC for India

  • Strategic Balance: Along with JAI, India would do well to give RIC the same importance. The groupings like the Quad and the JAI essentially revolve around the Indo Pacific and will confine India to being only a maritime power when it is actually both a maritime and continental power.
  • Forum for Cooperation: Even though India, China and Russia may disagree on a number of security issues in Eurasia, there are areas where their interests converge, like, for instance, on Afghanistan. RIC can ensure stable peace in Afghanistan and by extension, in Central Asia.
    • Regular RIC interactions could also help the three countries identify other issues where they have congruent views like the volatile situation in West Asia.
  • Creation of New Order: Contribute to creating a new economic structure for the world. The US apparently wants to break down the current economic and political order. While the existing structure is not satisfactory, the RIC could offer some suggestions which could be acceptable to the US.
  • Governance over Arctic: With the Northern Sea Route opening up due to climate change, the RIC has a common interest in ensuring that it is not left to the West and Russia alone and that India and China also have major say in rules governing the Arctic route.
  • Other Aspects: They could work together on disaster relief and humanitarian assistance.

Concerns

  • India has traditionally avoided taking sides in international politics, especially between the great powers, preferring its traditional nonalignment. However, China’s hostile attitude towards India in recent years is increasingly forcing India to confront.
  • This makes it difficult to see how engagements through platforms such as RIC, are going to alter the basic conflictual nature of relations between India and China.
  • Even though Russia has remained an old friend for India, it is increasingly under stress to follow China’s dictates. E.g. earlier, it openly opposed the Indo-Pacific concept at the Raisina Dialogue.
  • On issues such as Jammu and Kashmir, which China raised at the UN Security Council, Russia preferred taking a middle position, not supporting India’s stand entirely.

Way Forward

  • India is committed to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the border areas and RIC would give the platform for resolution of differences (along the Indo-China Border) through dialogue.
  • Moreover, the RIC forms the core of both the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the BRICS as greater cooperation between China, India and Russia would lead to strengthening of both SCO and BRICS.
  • The RIC is a significant multilateral grouping, because it brings together the three largest Eurasian countries which are also incidentally geographically contiguous. RIC, hence provides a worthwhile platform to discuss issues like West Asia, Afghanistan, climate change, terrorism, regional connectivity, tensions on Korean Peninsula, etc.

4)Micius: A Quantum-Enabled Satellite:-

Why in News

Recently, satellite Micius has sent light particles to Earth to establish the world’s most secure communication link.

Key Points

  • Micius:
    • It is the world’s first quantum communications satellite, launched by China in 2016.
    • The satellite serves as the source of pairs of entangled photons.
      • Entangled photons are twinned light particles whose properties remain intertwined no matter how far apart they are.
      • If one of the photons is manipulated, the other will be similarly affected at the very same moment.
      • It is this property that lies in the heart of the most secure forms of quantum cryptography (the study of concepts like encryption and decryption).
      • If one of the entangled particles is used to create a key for encoding messages, only the person with the other particle can decode them.
  • Recent Developments:
    • Micius has successfully brought entanglement-based quantum cryptography to its original ground stations 1,200 km apart by sending simultaneous streams of entangled photons to the ground stations to establish a direct link between the two of them.
    • The satellite provided entangled photons as a convenient resource for the quantum cryptography and the two ground stations then used them according to their agreed protocol.
    • None of the communication went through Micius (i.e behaved like a blind transmitter) providing the ground stations a robust and unbreakable cryptographic protection without the need to trust the satellite.
    • Until now, this had never been done via satellite or at such great distances.
    • It has not been specified how the messages were transmitted in this instance but in theory it could be done by optical fibre, another communications satellite, radio or any other agreed method.
    • Scientists have started using quantum encryption for securing long-range communication and Micius has been at the forefront of quantum encryption for several years.
  • Quantum Race:
    • The disclosure of internet surveillance by western governments prompted China to boost quantum cryptography research in order to create more secure means of communication.
    • The launch of Micius and quantum communication systems with its help have been compared to the effect Sputnik had on the space race in the 20th century.
      • Sputnik was the first artificial Earth satellite launched by the Soviet Union into an elliptical low Earth orbit on 4th October 1957.
    • Any country could theoretically trust Micius to provide entangled photons to secure its communications but the satellite is a strategic resource that other countries would want to replicate giving further boost to the quantum race which has political and military implications that are hard to ignore.

Source: DTE

News:- Kodumanal Excavation:-

Why in News

Recently, the State Department of Archaeology, Chennai has identified 250 cairn-circles from the Kodumanal excavation site in Erode district of Tamilnadu.

  • Cairn-circles are the prehistoric stone row which is a linear arrangement of parallel megalithic standing stones.
  • megalith is a large prehistoric stone that has been used to construct a structure or monument, either alone or together with other stones.

Key Points

  • This is for the first time that 10 pots and bowls were discovered from the site, instead of the usual three or four pots, placed outside three-chambered burial cists and inside the cairn-circle.
    • More numbers and bigger size of boulders suggests that the grave could be of a village head or the head of the community.
    • It also suggests burial rituals and the concept of afterlife in megalithic culture. Believing that the deceased person will get a new life after death, pots and bowls filled with grains were placed outside the chambers.
  • The rectangular chambered cists (a small stone-built coffin-like box) are made of stone slabs, and the entire grave is surrounded by boulders that form a circle.
  • Findings from the site also include an animal skull, beads, copper smelting units, the mud walls of a workshop, potteries, and Tamil Brahmi script.
  • Previous Excavations:
    • The earlier excavations of Kodumanal revealed that multi-ethnic groups lived in the village.
    • It also revealed that the site served as a trade-cum-industrial centre from 5th century Before Common Era (BCE) to 1st century BCE.

Megaliths Culture

  • Megaliths refer to large stone structures that were constructed either as burial sites or as commemorative sites.
  • The burial sites are the sites with actual burial remains, such as dolmenoid cists (box-shaped stone burial chambers), cairn circles (stone circles with defined peripheries), and capstones (distinctive mushroom-shaped burial chambers found mainly in Kerala).
  • The megalithic culture lasted from the Neolithic Stone Age to the early Historical Period (2500 BCE to CE 200) across the world.
  • In India, the majority of the megaliths are of the Iron Age (1500 BC to 500 BC),
  • Megaliths are spread across peninsular India, concentrated in the states of Maharashtra (mainly in Vidarbha), Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
  • The chambers containing the mortal remains were usually made of terracotta.

Kodumanal

  • It is a village located in the Erode district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
  • The place is an important archaeological site.
  • It is located on the northern banks of Noyyal River, a tributary of the Cauvery.

News:- I-Lab: Mobile Testing Facility:-

Why in News

Recently, the government has launched the country’s first mobile I-Lab (Infectious disease diagnostic Lab) for last mile Covid-19 testing access.

  • It has been created by a team from the Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone Limited (AMTZ) under the National Biopharma Mission.

Key Points

  • The Department of Biotechnology (DBT – Ministry of Science & Technology) under the Covid-Command strategy has supported building of mobile testing labs (I-Labs) through AMTZ.
  • The Lab belongs to the BioSafety Level (BSL-II) category.
    • BSLs are ranked from one to four and are categorised on the basis of the organisms that the researchers are dealing with. The organisms include viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc.
    • BSL-I is considered to be the least hazardous, while BSL-IV poses the maximum safety risk. Each level builds on the previous category, adding more layers of constraints and barriers.
  • It will be deployed in interior, iaccessible parts of the country and has the capability to perform 25 RT-PCR tests a day, 300 ELISA tests a day and additional tests for TBHIV as per CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) rates.
    • RT-PCR and ELISA tests have been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for Covid-19.
    • CGHS provides comprehensive medical care to central government employees and pensioners enrolled under the scheme. Rates of different procedures are decided under the Scheme.

Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone Limited

  • Incorporated in 2016, it is Asia’s first medical equipment manufacturing ecosystem, uniquely dedicated for Medtech and supported by various Ministries.
  • It aims to put India on the global map of high-end medical equipment production and make healthcare products affordable and accessible not only in the country, but also the world at large.
  • It also has set a target for reducing the cost of manufacturing up to 40% and also minimising the import dependency for the country, which is currently pegged at around 75%.
  • The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) along with the AMTZ has initiated the DBT-AMTZ COMManD (Covid Medtech Manufacturing Development) Consortia to address the shortage of critical healthcare technologies in India and move progressively towards a stage of self-sufficiency.

National Biopharma Mission

  • The National Biopharma Mission (NBM) is an industry-academia collaborative mission for accelerating biopharmaceutical development in the country.
  • It was launched in 2017 at a total cost of Rs.1500 crore and is 50% co-funded by World Bank loan.
  • It is being implemented by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC).
    • BIRAC is a Public Sector Enterprise, set up by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
  • Under this Mission, the Government has launched Innovate in India (i3) programme to create an enabling ecosystem to promote entrepreneurship and indigenous manufacturing in the biopharma sector.
  • It has a focus on following four verticals:
    • Development: Development of product leads for Vaccines , Biosimilars and Medical Devices that are relevant to the public health need by focussing on managed partnerships.
    • Upgrade: Upgradation of shared infrastructure facilities and establishing them as centres of product discovery/discovery validations and manufacturing.
    • Capacity Building: Developing human capital by providing specific training.
    • Industry-Academy Linkages: Developing technology transfer offices to help enhance industry academia inter-linkages.

EDITORIALS:-

Can India decouple itself from Chinese manufacturing?

Source: The Hindu

Syllabus: GS-3 Economy: Effects of liberalization on the economy (post 1991 changes), changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

Context: The border clashes with China and the COVID-19 pandemic have again raised questions about India’s dependence on Chinese manufacturing.

India’s Dependence on Chinese Manufacturing- Brief Overview

  • India’s imports from China in 2019-2020 reached $65 billion, out of $81 billion two-way trade. China accounts for about 14% of India’s total imports
  • India’s main dependence on Chinese imports is regarding capital goods. These include machineries, including electrical machinery, semiconductor driven machinery etc.
  • 20% of the auto components and 70% of electronic components come from China. Similarly, 45% of consumer durables, 70% of APIs and 40% of leather goods imported are from China.

Why is China the manufacturing hub of the World? 

  • China offers the capacity to businesses to develop the supply chains by considerable lengths within itself. This is because of its geography which offers agglomeration advantages and wide broad basing that it has developed over different sectors and in most products.
  • Further, along with being the largest exporter of assembled final products, China has also over the years become a major consumer for final products

Where does India lack?

  • Skill sets:Skill sets in the manufacturing sector in India remain low which hinders businesses to invest in the sector.
  • Infrastructure: Sub-standard infrastructure is a major obstacle in attracting investment in India. Due to low infrastructure development, India offers less locational advantages than China.
  • Red tapism: Bureaucracy, red tapism and unpredictable policies deter investments in India’s manufacturing sector.
  • Low Productivity:Productivity in India remains low which hinders investments despite low wage rates.

What should be India’s policy priorities to attract investment amid geo-economic shift post Covid pandemic?

  • Skill reform and Labour reform to encash demographic dividend and attract investors
  • Infrastructural development to provide locational and agglomeration advantages
  • Development of industrial parks to attract FDI
  • Favourable policies to promote ease of doing business

Conclusion: The commerce ministry has also identified 12 sectors — food processing, organic farming, iron, aluminium and copper, agrochemicals, electronics, industrial machinery, sanitisers and masks, auto parts, textiles etc to make India global supplier and cut import bill. India should not only focus on reducing dependency on China but also on other countries to march towards economic nationalization and self-sufficiency.

Mediation in the age of COVID-19

Source: The Hindu

Syllabus: GS 2-Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

Context: Analyzing the importance of online mediation in the times of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 has deprived the courts of their natural setting of the courtroom, judges and lawyers. They have given way to virtual courts so that the judge is being able to hear the lawyer. The public setting is converted to a closed door one.

Difference between courtroom process and mediation:

Courtroom processMediation
It achieves the win-lose verdict with the court deciding the winner. It tries to achieve consensus between parties to come to an amicable agreement.
There is a formal justice system with open courtroom hearing in the presence of clients and fellow lawyers. Closed Door communication: There is confidential discussion between mediator and parties.
It focuses on the formal system of laws.Inherent flexibility and adaptability: It focuses on uncovering interests and taking suggestions from the parties themselves for practical solutions to end the dispute.

Mediation is an idea whose time has come and is rapidly gaining ground. Legislation has given it the legal structure and safeguards and provided the assurance that the courts will implement mediation agreements.

Advantages of the online mediation:

  • Convenient: 
    • It enables the mediator and the parties to assemble on their computer screens.
    • Discussion can be guided by giving parties and lawyers the opportunity to put forth their views.
    • When separate meetings are required, the mediator can easily move the other party and its lawyer to another virtual room.
  • Cost effective and an efficient use of time:
    • Parties do not have to bear costs, do not have to travel, do not have to wait long hours and do not have to undergo adjournments and multiple visits to the mediation center.
    • Easy to get people from different locations to one platform: It done away with difficulties of distances where parties are in different countries.
  • Giving the participant a little cocoon of safety:As it creates a grainy barrier of two screens and an intermediate world of Internet. It will certainly be of benefit in cases where emotions run high and face-to-face confrontation may increase the conflict. Such as in matrimonial cases and in family business disputes.

Weaknesses of the online mediation:

  • Missing the directness and complete contact:It is possible only in face-to-face meetings in the courtroom.
  • Compromise of confidentiality:As hearings could be recorded. Service providers must be vigilant and there should be rules to penalize participants for breach.
  • Technical glitches: There can be issues with screen clarity and interrupted feed.
  • Exclusion of underprivileged: Critics argue that online communication will exclude the underprivileged who cannot afford access to the Internet or do not have the capacity or assistance to use it.

Way Forward

Online mediation has a host of advantages to reaped but it must bear some caution. There should not be any exclusion of weaker parties as it will be tantamount to denial of access to justice.

India’s quest for UNSC reforms

Source – The Hindu

Syllabus – GS 2 – Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

Context – India must adopt value-based positions at the UNSC and be the voice of the weaker nations to bring the required reforms in the multilateral institution.

India was the only contestant for the Asia Pacific seat and got 184 votes in the 193-strong General Assembly to win the seat for Non-permanent membership granted for 2 years in the UNSC.

India sought the support of member countries by highlighting its commitment to the achievement of N.O.R.M.S: a New Orientation for a Reformed Multilateral System in its campaign brochure which was launched before the voting.

The campaign brochure has set out the following key priorities for India:

  1. New Opportunities for progress – A rapidly shifting global security landscape, persistence of traditional security challenges, and emergence of new and complicated challenges, all demand a coherent, pragmatic, nimble and effective platform for collaboration to ensure sustainable peace.
  2. An Effective response to international terrorism – India will push for the India-led Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism to tackle the challenge of terrorism.ill pursue concrete and result-oriented action by
  3. Reforming the multilateral system– There is widespread concern at the inadequacy of the existing multilateral institutions to deliver results or meet new challenges. Thus, there is need to promote greater cooperation in multilateral institutions.
  4. comprehensive approach to international peace and security – Streamlining UN Peacekeeping is an overdue task. We must ensure greater clarity, direction, and professionalism in UN Peacekeeping Operations.
  5. Promoting technology with a human touch as a driver of solutions – India aims to promote use of technological advancement for good of all including the under-developed nations who lack such resources to fight challenges like climate change.

India’s approach in next two year will be guided by “Five S’s”, as set out by the Prime Minister:

 Samman (Respect),
• Samvad (Dialogue),
• Sahyog (Cooperation), and
 Shanti (Peace), to create conditions for universal
 Samriddhi (Prosperity)

Challenges which need effective solutions to bring reforms:

  1. The Group “Uniting for Consensus” (UFC)– It is led by Italy, Argentina, Pakistan, Mexico supports an extended Council of 25 members, which oppose the G4 (Germany, Japan, India and Brazil ) and the addition of any new permanent seats. The UfC would instead add only non-permanent seats and preferably abolish the veto or at least restrict its use.
  2. Resistance by Permanent– The P5 are generally hesitant towards reform. Of the five, France and Britain are most open to reform. Whilst all permanent members accept the reform in principle, they have often fought popular reform proposals.
  3. Rivalry between USA and China during the pandemic – The Security Council is one of the most important multilateral decision-making bodies where the contours of global geopolitics are often drawn. India should avoid the temptation of taking sides at a time when the Security Council is getting more and more polarised due to USA-China rivalry.

Way Forward – India has long been of the view that the structure of the UN Security Council doesn’t reflect the realities of the 21st century. It has also got increasing support from member countries for its push for reforms which can be utilised in next two years to bring much needed reforms.

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