News India Times – that’s all you need to know U.S. Affairs News India Times January 27, 2023 5 N oting that the reform of the multilateral institu- tions is an urgent imperative and these should focus on giving voice to the concerns of the de- veloping world while reflecting the realities of the 21st century, India has said that it remains concerned about the increasing fragmentation of the international landscape. Speaking at a UN briefing, India’s Permanent Rep- resentative to the United Nations Ruchira Kamboj said that as the chair of the G20, India will continue to engage proactively with the global south refactoring the priori- ties of the south into the G20 process. “We greatly appreciate this briefing on your priori- ties for the resumed segment of the 77th session (of UNGA)…. To say that we are perhaps witnessing the most difficult phase since the SecondWorldWar is not an exag- geration but a reality. The road ahead is, therefore, dif- ficult and challenging. As you rightly pointed as members of the United Nations we have an onerous responsibility. We need to work collectively in a collaborative manner to find sustainable solutions to the development chal- lenges,” she said. Kamboj said India’s philosophical ethos sees the world as one large interconnected family. “As a developing country, we remain concerned about the increasing fragmentation of the international landscape. In response to what you have stated about reforming multilateralism, we believe that the reform of the multilateral institutions is now an urgent imperative,” she said. “These reforms should focus on giving voice to the concerns of the developing world and reflect realities of the 21st century. Turning to the sustainable solutions that you eluded to, I wish to point out that in our partnership, India’s approach has always been consultative, outcome- oriented, demand-driven, people-centric and respectful of the sovereignty, and territorial integrity of the partner countries,” she added. She said India has also emerged as an education and healthcare hub in its region. “We give out thousands of scholarships each year for foreign students to study in India. There are similar stories in our efforts towards capacity building. We have also launched Mission Life, a world wide programme to assist the world in its battle against climate change and promote a healthy way of life to meet the UN’s sustain- able development goals,” she said. “As the chair of the G20 we will continue to engage proactively with the global south refactoring the priori- ties of the south into the G20 process,” she added The Ambassador referred to The Voice Of The Global South Summit held virtually in which 125 participants countries participated in the meetings spread over 10 sessions. “Our prime minister personally drove the opening and closing segments of the summit. A number of these segments have flowed as concrete outcomes reflective of the commitment to deliver on the priorities of the global south,” she said. She said the global north and the global south need to come together to find solution to global challenges and said India’s efforts will be guided by Prime minister’s call for ‘one earth, one family, one future’. -ANI Reform Of Multilateral Institutions An Urgent Imperative: India At UN Photo:Twitter @ Ruchira Kamboj India’s Permanent Representative to UN Ruchira Kamboj speaking at UNSC Open Debate Jan. 12, 2023. India ‘Great Example’ Of Countries US Discussing Arms Purchases To Wean It Away From Russia I ndia is a “great example” of countries with which the United States is discussing arms purchases so as to wean them away from Russia, according to Pentagon spokesperson Pat Ryder, with India facing a dilemma with continuing arms purchases from Russia because of its weaponry’s performance in the Ukraine war. The US understood that some countries that bought Russian or Soviet-era weapons want to maintain some type of relationship with Moscow, Ryder said on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at a briefing inWashington. But, he said, “from a security cooperation stand- point, certainly from the US perspective, I think that the types of security assistance the United States provide to include capabilities is much more dependable and also maintained”. “We continue to discuss with various partners and allies around the world on would they — should they — choose to purchase those kinds of systems, we’re cer- tainly all ears, India being a great example”, he added. Defense cooperation is “a sovereign decision for indi- vidual countries to make”, he added. India has been diversifying its defense sourcing and purchases from the US have increased ten-fold between 2016 and 2021, according to the Stockholm Peace Re- search Institute. According to the institute in the five-year period end- ing 2021, India’s imports of arms from Russia dropped by 47 per cent compared to the previous five-year period. -South Asia Monitor U.S. and Indian flags merged in pictorial representation of the friendship between the two democracies. Indians ‘Represent Some Of The Best Citizens We Have In America’, Says Congressman “T hey pay about 6 per cent of the taxes and (are) amongst the top producers”, Rep Rich McCormick, from Georgia, said of Indians who number 4.5 million, making up 1.4 per cent of the total US population of 333 million. Indians have the highest income among ethnic groups with a median household income of $119,000. They also have the highest education levels with 43 per cent having post-graduate education, according to Pew Research organization. McCormick represents a constituency that encompasses the suburbs of Atlanta, an area that has seen an influx of Indi- ans in recent years, fueled in part by the growth of the science and technology sec- tors. Indians who number 137,000 in the Atlanta area of his state of Georgia, “do not cause problems and follow laws”, he said. McCormick, who is a doctor specializ- ing in emergency medicine, said that they “don’t have the problems other people have when they come to the emergency room for overdoses, because these are the most productive and family-centered”. With the long wait for permanent resi- dent status for Indians, and legislation to make more green cards available for them dying in the last Congress session, he said the U.S. must “make sure we streamline the immigration process”, The legislation, which had the backing of members of both parties and President Joe Biden’s administration, would have eliminated the limit of 20,000 green cards for each country with some exceptions. It is expected to come up again in the cur- rent session. There are 369,000 Indians waiting for Green Cards based on their employment out of a total of 700,000 including family members. According to the State Department, only green card applications based on employment made for most Indians have been cleared till October 2011. The Cato Institute warned that the wait could extend to 90 years for Indians as more Indians, especially those on tempo- rary work visas, join the pipeline. -South Asia Monitor Congressman Rich McCormick, R-Georgia. Photo:Twitter banner @ RichforGeorgia