Ruchira Kamboj, the diplomat who ensures India isn't pushed round

She’s a straight talker. She makes certain India places her greatest foot ahead on the world stage. The nation’s first lady everlasting consultant to the United Nations, Ruchira Kamboj, is all the time hitting headlines for the precise causes.

We are able to anticipate to listen to much more from her in December as India assumes the presidency of the United Nations Safety Council for December. All of this month, Kamboj will set within the President’s seat on the horse-shoe desk. On Thursday, the primary day of India’s presidency, she addressed reporters within the United Nations headquarters on the month-to-month programme of labor.


Not able to be pushed round

When she was requested a query about democracy and press freedom in India, she didn't mince her phrases. “We don’t need to be told what to do on democracy,” the diplomat answered.

“India is maybe probably the most historical civilisation on this planet as all of you understand. In India, democracy had roots going again to 2,500 years, we have been all the time a democracy,” she mentioned as she spoke in regards to the time of the Shakya clan and the Lichchhavi kingdom – each primarily based within the sub-Himalayan area.

“Coming all the way down to very latest occasions, we now have all of the pillars of democracy which are intact – legislature, government, judiciary and the fourth property, the press. And a really vibrant social media. So the nation is the world’s largest democracy,” Kamboj added.


The UN ambassador went on to speak about freedom in India and the way the nation is quickly reworking. “Each 5 years we conduct the world's largest democratic train. Everyone seems to be free to say as they need and please and that's how our nation capabilities. It’s quickly reforming, reworking and altering. And the trajectory has been very spectacular. And I don’t need to say this, you don’t need to hearken to me. Others are saying this,” Kamboj mentioned.

On Thursday, she made it clear that India isn't the nation to be pushed round. India is an enormous nation that “stands tall and proud by itself” with its relations with competing worldwide blocs. She gave out a transparent message when requested in regards to the Russian overseas minister’s assertion that the western army group NATO was pushing New Delhi in direction of an anti-Moscow and anti-Beijing alliance.

“India is an even bigger nation. It stands tall and proud by itself,” the envoy mentioned emphasising the nation’s multi-dimensional, impartial coverage.

“We do have a relationship with Russia, an vital relationship with Russia... And so far as the connection with the US is anxious, it’s a complete strategic partnership, which has by no means been nearer, tighter or stronger than it's right now,” she mentioned.

Taking over China

Nevertheless, this isn't the primary time Kamboj has mentioned issues the best way they're. She has by no means hesitated to take a stand. Since taking up the function in June, she has labored tirelessly to convey issues associated to counter-terrorism into focus. Taking over mighty China has not by no means been an issue.

Final week, forward of the 26/11 anniversary, she mentioned that India’s efforts to sanction perpetrators and facilitators of the 26 November 2008 Mumbai terror assaults have been blocked previously for political causes, an obvious reference to China’s repeated moves to block New Delhi’s attempts to blacklist Pakistan-based terrorists at the UN.

“Our efforts to sanction the perpetrators and facilitators of those terror assaults have been blocked previously for political causes. These actors proceed to stroll free and have been organising additional cross-border assaults in opposition to my nation,” she mentioned, including that terrorism continues to pose a “grave menace” to worldwide peace and safety.


In August, Kamboj took a swipe at China over the UNSC over “double requirements” in combating terrorism. With out naming the neighbouring nation throughout the assembly on worldwide peace and safety she mentioned, “…widespread safety is barely potential when nations respect every others’ sovereignty and territorial integrity, as they'd anticipate their very own sovereignty to be revered.”

The remarks got here in opposition to the backdrop of the military standoff between India and China on the Line of Precise Management (LAC).

Ruchira Kamboj the diplomat who ensures India is not pushed around

Ruchira Kamboj with Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. Picture Courtesy: @ruchirakamboj/Twitter

Slamming Pakistan

Kamboj has not let Pakistan get away with making ‘frivolous’ and ‘pointless’ statements. At an emergency session of the United Nations Common Meeting in October, she slammed Pakistan, who raised the problem of Kashmir, saying, “Now we have witnessed, unsurprisingly, but once more an try by one delegation to misuse this discussion board and make frivolous and pointless remarks in opposition to my nation.”

She added that such statements deserve “collective contempt and sympathy for a mindset which repeatedly utters falsehood” and confused that Pakistan should cease “cross-border terrorism in order that our residents can take pleasure in their proper to life and liberty”.

Calling for change

Kamboj has pushed for change on the UNSC, urging the worldwide physique to undertake pressing reforms. Reform, carry out and remodel, or face the “actual hazard” of being outmoded by different organisations which are extra consultant, clear and democratic in nature, she mentioned in August.

Addressing members of the UNSC, the ambassador mentioned that the assembly was an opportune second to interact in a critical dialogue about India’s name for reformed multilateralism, on the core of which lies the reform of the Council.

A very consultant Safety Council is probably the most urgent want of the hour. Else, there's a actual hazard of the United Nations being outmoded by different plurilateral and multilateral groupings that are extra consultant, extra clear and extra democratic and, subsequently, simpler,” she had mentioned.

Even amid the warfare in Ukraine and different geopolitical tensions, the envoy has ensured that India’s issues get the eye they serve.

A grasp of overseas affairs

Earlier than her function on the UN, 58-year-old Kamboj spent a long time coping with overseas affairs.

“I loved the pursuit of, and discussions on worldwide relations, and tremendously regarded ahead to precise apply! I assume I used to be lucky and fairly blessed that this aspiration got here true,” she mentioned in an interview with Fashionable Diplomacy.

This was not the primary time she is representing India on the UN. She served as a counsellor at India’s Everlasting Mission to the UN between 2002 and 2005.

An Indian Overseas Service (IFS) officer of the 1987 batch, she was the Indian ambassador to Bhutan – the primary lady Indian envoy to the Himalayan kingdom. She has additionally served because the Indian Excessive Commissioner to South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho between 2017 and 2019 and labored as India’s Consul Common in South Africa from 2006-2009, in keeping withCNBC TV18 report.

She was posted in Mauritius the place she held the posts of First Secretary (Financial and Industrial) and Head of Chancery on the Indian Excessive Fee between 1996 and 1999. Earlier than that, she labored within the Europe West Division of the Ministry of Exterior Affairs because the Below Secretary for 5 years.

She started her profession in overseas affairs with a deputation in Paris, France after topping the 1987 civil providers and overseas providers batch, the report says. And Kamboj has by no means regarded again since.

"We Do not Want To Be Instructed What To Do On Democracy": India At UN

United Nations: 

India doesn't must be advised what to do on democracy, the nation's Everlasting Consultant to the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, who assumed Presidency of the UN Safety Council for the month of December, stated right here on Thursday.

India on Thursday assumed Presidency of the 15-nation UN Safety Council for the month of December, throughout which it should host signature occasions on countering terrorism and reformed multilateralism. The Presidency will carry the curtains down on India's two-year tenure as elected non-permanent member of the highly effective UN organ.

Ms Kamboj, India's first girl Everlasting Consultant to the UN, will sit within the President's seat on the horse-shoe desk. On the primary day of India's presidency, she addressed reporters within the UN headquarters on the month-to-month programme of labor.


Responding to a query on democracy and freedom of press in India, she stated "to that I want to say that, we do not must be advised what to do on democracy.

"India is probably essentially the most historic civilization on the earth as all of you realize. In India, democracy had roots going again to 2500 years, we have been at all times a democracy. Coming right down to very current occasions, now we have all of the pillars of democracy which are intact - legislature, govt, judiciary and the fourth property, the press. And a really vibrant social media. So the nation is the world's largest democracy.


"Each 5 years we conduct the world's largest democratic train. Everyone seems to be free to say as they want and please and that's how our nation capabilities. It is quickly reforming, remodeling and altering. And the trajectory has been very spectacular. And I haven't got to say this, you do not have to take heed to me. Others are saying this," Ms Kamboj stated.

'Strolling with Swara Bhasker...': Narottam Mishra asks Congress to make clear stand on Uniform Civil Code

Madhya Pradesh ministers on Friday pushed chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's proposal for the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code within the state. Residence minister Narottam Mishra requested Congress to make clear its stand on the difficulty.

A day after Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated {that a} committee will probably be shaped to implement the Uniform Civil Code within the state, a number of ministers of the state pushed for it at a time Congress's Bharat Jodo Yatra, led by Rahul Gandhi, is passing by means of the state. Madhya Pradesh residence minister Narottam Mishra stated the social gathering should make clear its stand on the Uniform Civil Code. Strolling with Swara Bhasker, Kanhaiya Kumar will not be 'Bharat Jodo', the house minister stated. "Bharat will get united when Article 370 will get revoked, CAA is applied and triple talaq is banned," Narottam Mishra stated a day after Bollywood actor Swara Bhasker walked with Rahul Gandhi in Ujjain.


"Expensive Rahul Gandhi ji, strolling with Swara Bhasker, Kanhaiya Kumar and Sushant Singh will not be unifying India. India is unified when Article 370 will get revoked, CAA is applied and triple talaq is banned. Now could be the time for one nation and one rule," Narottam Mishra stated.

"For appeasement, you had overturned the Supreme Court docket verdict within the Shah Bano case. The politics of appeasement has damage the nation. I additionally request Kamal Nath ji to make clear his stand on Uniform Civil Code," the house minister stated.

'Who gave them proper to marry 4 occasions?'

As Shivraj Singh Chouhan introduced the committee at an occasion on Thursday, he stated, ""Why does a person marry greater than as soon as? Why are there two units of (private) legal guidelines in a single nation? I'm going to type a committee." Extending assist, minister Arvind Singh Bhadoria stated Uniform Civil Code must be applied in Madhya Pradesh. "Who gave them (Muslims) the correct to have 4 marriages? I see members of a specific group marrying tribal girls after which encroaching upon their land," the minister stated.

This can be a ballot subject, nothing else: Jairam Ramesh

Congress chief Jairam Ramesh addressed the difficulty on Friday and stated Uniform Civil Code is simply what will get mentioned throughout elections. "In 2018, the Legislation Fee headed by Justice BS Chauhan submitted a 250-page report which acquired suppressed. Within the report, it was stated that the time was not ripe for Uniform Civil Code. That is what I've to say," Jairam Ramesh stated.


Bhopal: Dwelling minister Narottam Mishra places query mark on Swara Bhaskar's presence in Bharat Jodo Yatra

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Dwelling minister Narottam Mishra mentioned on Thursday that Swara Bhaskar and Kanhaiya Kumar, who raised pro-Pakistan slogans, have been collaborating within the Bharat Jodo Yatra. Mishra needed to know the position they're enjoying within the march.

The Yatra is happening with the assist of these parts that are working towards the nation, he mentioned.

Swara Bhaskar kicked up a row by making statements towards the military and the nation.

Mishra requested Rahul Gandhi, “What's the work of those that elevate Pakistan Zindabad slogans through the Yatra?”

He mentioned that he had seen Swara Bhaskar together with Rahul Gandhi within the Yatra.

It's the similar Swara Bhaskar who has been making heinous allegations like mob lynching and horror killings towards the Indian Military.

She isn't uninterested in praising Pakistan, Mishra mentioned, including that the identical is true about actor Richa Chadda who speaks towards the military.

"Words Are Misused": After M Kharge's 'Ravan' Remark, Advice From Within

New Delhi: 

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, whose "Ravan" remarks focusing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi sparked a backlash for the celebration, has been "suggested" from inside to decide on his phrases fastidiously as they might be misused.

Mumtaz Patel, a Congress chief from Bharuch in Gujarat and the daughter of Sonia Gandhi's political advisor Ahmed Patel, has stated that it's prudent to keep away from such feedback.

"We must be cautious about what we are saying as a result of phrases are misused and the true message is misplaced," Ms Patel advised NDTV on a query concerning the slurs towards PM Modi which have largely backfired on the Congress. She later added that her recommendation to to all events and all leaders and never particularly to the Congress.


Mr Kharge had made the ill-advised remark earlier this week, whereas campaigning in Gujarat for the primary time since taking up as Congress president.

"Modi ji is Prime Minister. Forgetting his work, he retains campaigning in company elections, MLA elections, MP elections, in all places... On a regular basis he is speaking about himself - 'You do not have to have a look at anybody else, simply have a look at Modi and vote'. What number of instances will we see your face? What number of types do you've gotten? Do you've gotten 100 heads like Ravan?" Mr Kharge had stated.

Days earlier than him, his celebration colleague Madhusudan Mistry had made feedback referring to "aukat (standing)" that PM Modi has raised repeatedly in his rallies.

The Prime Minister responded to the Congress leaders' barbs at a rally yesterday in Kalol, Gujarat.

"There's a competitors within the Congress on who will insult Modi extra, use larger, sharper insults," PM Modi stated whereas campaigning in Gujarat's Kalol.

"Just a few days again, a Congress chief stated Modi will die a canine's dying, one other stated Modi will die Hitler's dying. One other stated if I get an opportunity, I will kill Modi myself...Somebody says Ravan, somebody says rakshash (demon), somebody says cockroach... I am not stunned that Congress calls Modi names, I am stunned - anybody can be - that regardless of utilizing such phrases, the Congress by no means has regret. Congress thinks it's their proper to insult Modi, the Prime Minister of this nation."

Ahmed Patel, who was Congress president Sonia Gandhi's most trusted aide, died of Covid at 71, two years in the past.





Although his daughter Mumtaz Patel will not be politically energetic, she has weighed in on topics associated to the Congress typically.

She didn't contest the Gujarat election however was non-committal on combating the 2024 election as a Congress candidate. "In the intervening time, I will observe and perceive issues. After that, I will go among the many public after which, I will contest...Let's examine after a yr," she was quoted as saying by information company ANI.