India successfully utilised avenues of international law for Kulbhushan Jadhav and Masood Azhar, India’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin tells SNI Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi in the second part of an exclusive interview. “No issue is as important to ordinary people as terrorism; if international institutions can’t act they will be held to account by the public”, he adds. Ambassador Akbaruddin talks extensively on India’s involvement in UN Peacekeeping, how Capt. G S Salaria, the only UN peacekeeper to get India’s highest wartime decoration, the Param Vir Chakra, was a pioneer In the 1960s, India as a role model for gender parity, why the Security Council is a closed club, how Africa—the wearer who knows where the shoe bites—should be involved more In peacekeeping decisions, Lt. Gen. Shailesh Tinaikar as Force Commander in South Sudan and why Índia will be on the high table when there is a change in the UN Security Council.
Prior to his assignment as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador Akbaruddin was the Chief Coordinator of the India-Africa Forum Summit held in October 2015 in New Delhi. He was the Official Spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs during 2012-2015. He has served at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the mission in Islamabad, as Consul General, Jeddah and in Cairo.