Dalveer Bhandari's re-election shows India can contribute in international law: Envoy to UN
India today is globally acknowledged as a country which can contribute in multiple fields and international law is just one manifestation of that, Indian envoy Akbaruddin said after Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected at ICJ.
After Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), India has called the win at the UN court a "historic" victory.
Speaking to India Today from New York on Monday, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said, "What you saw today is a manifestation of that. India today is globally acknowledged as a country which can contribute in multiple fields and international law is just one manifestation of that."
India's Dalveer Bhandari was pitted against Britain's Christopher Greenwood and it took a long, concerted effort from India to break the deadlock, which ended in the United Kingdom withdrawing its candidate from the race. "It was not only in New York that we were engaged. There was a global effort led by our political leadership, including our External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who was herself contacting numerous other ministers. All foreign policy establishments in Delhi were engaged, all our missions across the world were engaged. It was a global effort", the envoy said.
This has been historic because this would be the first time that a judge from Britain will not be a part of the ICJ since 1946. "ICJ has not only never been without a judge from the UK, but also from several others from the P5 so this is a reflection of India's efforts to assert its rightful place in the global order. We received 183 votes in our favour in the General Assembly and all 15 in the Security Council. This is the highest number of votes polled by any successful judge in the contest this year. So it's also a reflection of India's growing standing", the envoy said.
'WIN A REFLECTION OF REAL PICTURE OF THE WORLD'
The emphasis with this fight and the win has been on the fact that the world body has to recognise the changing world order and, accordingly, have a fair representation at the United Nations. Syed Akbaruddin said, "The victory today is a reflection of the real picture of the world. It's also a picture of the efforts put in by our political leadership and our foreign policy establishment. Everybody has been working in unison on this and the results are there for everyone to see."
What transpired on Monday in the United Nations is the importance nations attach to democratic process and true representation. When asked whether this would be the beginning of a privileged group that represents an old world order being replaced with a group that reflects the real world polity through UN reforms, he said, "Reform is an ongoing process but our successes are a reflection of rising India, a new India and an acknowledgement by everybody that they need to accommodate and provide space to a country of a billion, aspiring for its rightful place in the world order."