In terms of democracy, we do not need to be instructed on what to do: Amb Kamboj, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations

On Thursday, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, who assumed the UN Security Council presidency in December, said the country does not need instruction on practising democracy.

The Indian government assumed the Presidency of the 15-nation United Nations Security Council for December, during which it will host signature events related to counterterrorism and reformed multilateralism. It is the end of India’s two-year term as an elected non-permanent member of the powerful UN organ that the Presidency will bring to an end.

Kamboj will sit in the President’s seat at the horse-shoe table as India’s first woman Permanent Representative to the UN. A press conference was held in the UN headquarters on the first day of India’s Presidency to discuss the monthly work programme.

When asked about the state of democracy and freedom of the press in India, she replied, “I would like to point out that we do not need instructions on how to conduct democracy in India.”.

India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, as you are all aware. For more than 2500 years, India has been a democratic society. Most recently, we have all four pillars of democracy intact: the legislature, the executive, the judiciary, and the fourth estate, the press. As well as a very active social media presence. As a result, the country is the largest democracy in the world.

Every five years, we conduct the largest democratic exercise in the world. Everyone is free to express themselves as they wish, which is how our country operates. The economy is rapidly transforming, reforming, and changing. The trajectory has been very impressive. I do not have to say this; you do not have to listen to me. “This is what others are saying,” Kamboj stated.


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