India’s presidency of the G20 will be a ‘watershed moment’ in its history as the country seeks to play an important role in finding pragmatic global solutions for the well-being of all, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj has said.
India on Thursday assumed the monthly rotating Presidency of the 15-nation UN Security Council, as well as the year-long presidency of the G20.
In areport by ANI Kamboj said on Thursday India sees both the presidencies – that of the Security Council for this month and the G20 for the next year, as a “new responsibility”.
India is ready to take its place at the global top tables as a country that is willing to bring solutions to the table. One of the central tenets of our foreign policy is human-centric and that will remain the same, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj Permanent Representative of India was quoted as saying by ANI
On the first day of India’s presidency, she addressed reporters in the UN headquarters on the monthly programme of work.
“Everyone is free to say as they wish in India,” Indian envoy Ruchira Kamboj said at UN.
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.