India in the United Nations: Interplay of Interests and Principles

Dr Rajeesh Kumar is Associate Fellow at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • May 2021
    Book Review

    The year 2020 marked 75 years of India’s association with the United Nations. India was one of the founding members of the UN when its institutional edifice was built in 1945. Since then, the concept of UN centrality in international peace and security matters is one of the features of Indian foreign policy. Over the decades, India played an active role in the UN’s political process and significantly contributed to its policies and programmes. At the UN, India stood at the fore of the struggle against colonialism and apartheid. The country has been elected to diverse UN bodies multiple times and proactively engaged in debates ranging from development to disarmament and climate change to human rights. Similarly, India advocates democratizing the institution, and continually voices for the developing countries. However, against all these factors, academic studies on this significant foreign policy matter were limited. Prof. C.S.R. Murthy’s India in the United Nations: Interplay of Interests and Principles fills this gap.