External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke at length on cross-border terrorism and the worsening India-Pakistan relations at United Nations General Assembly in New York. She also took this opportunity to talk about the decreasing signifance of the United Nations.
“The United Nations must accept that it needs fundamental reform. Reform cannot be cosmetic. We need change the institution’s head and heart to make both compatible to contemporary reality. Reform must begin today; tomorrow could be too late,” she said.
The UN needs to act like a family and must run on compassion. The nations must work together for the welfare of the world. One has to feel the pain of others to help them, she said.
“The United Nations should run on principles of a family. A family runs on compassion, not trade. In UN, we cannot say this is me and mine, We should keep every country’s goals in perspective,” she said.
Ms Swaraj cited Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals on non-violence and love as necessary ingredients for the UN’s decision-making process.