Hope and Political Change: More Appachis to the Rescue – The Island
It was fitting that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently had a special telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin with the aim of enlightening him on the need for a peaceful and diplomatic end to the bloodshed initiated by the Russia in Ukraine. Hopefully sage advice and humanity would prevail and the world would soon witness at least the first steps towards a complete withdrawal of Russian invading troops from Ukraine.
The urgency of a speedy halt to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which again testifies in a revolting way to the barbaric cruelty that man could inflict on his fellow men, is underlined, inter alia, by the declaration which is came at the end of the 14th BRICS summit, which was held virtually in Beijing recently. Among other things, the statement said: “The BRICS reaffirm their commitment to ensure the promotion and protection of democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all with the aim of building a brighter shared future for the international community on the basis of mutually beneficial cooperation”.
No one knows what meaning President Putin gave to such promises, but it does not take an exceptional genius to perceive that his regime’s barbaric actions against Ukrainian civilians are a shocking derision of such enlightened statements. It is obvious that the Russian president is being brazenly cynical in putting his signature to the statement. The credibility of the BRICS is under threat due to such disconcerting contradictory behavior on the part of its members. The BRICS is obliged to rectify these flagrant irregularities at the earliest.
At this point, the important clarification must be made that it is the conduct of Putin’s regime, and Putin’s regime alone, that is subject to censorship here. Such restrictions are in no way intended to project in a negative light the Russian people, heir to a rich humanistic civilization which produced Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, among a host of other eminent minds, who made mankind proud and over the decades, has guided humans in the direction of a purposeful life. That their invaluable heritage lives on for a long time, such is the wish of this columnist.
However, the invaluable civilization that the Russian people have inherited obliges them on their part to exert constant pressure on the Putin regime to end its barbarity against Ukrainian civilians who are not at all supporters of politics. of the great powers of Eastern Europe. They must point out to their leaders that in our time there are civilized, diplomatic and cost-effective ways to resolve a state’s perceived differences with its neighbours. Civilian bloodshed, on the scale of that seen in Ukraine, is a phenomenon of the ancient past.
The BRICS group, which encompasses some of the world’s major economic and political powers, if not for the erratic conduct of the Putin regime, could be said to have found a far-sighted and proactive policy framework on the issue of global equity.
There is the following excerpt from a report on his recent summit statement to focus on. It reads as follows: BRICS notes the need to ensure “meaningful participation of developing and least developed countries, particularly in Africa, in global decision-making processes and structures and to make it more responsive to the realities contemporary”.
The above goals are laudable which must be vigorously pursued by global players who have taken up the challenge of alleviating the plight of the world’s powerless countries. The urgency of resuming the North-South dialogue, among other important issues for the South, has been mentioned many times in this column. This is because the most underdeveloped regions of the South are today orphans of the world system.
Given that the Non-Aligned Movement and similar organizations, which have espoused solving the problems of the South over decades, are now seemingly ineffective and lack political and economic clout, indications that the BRICS group is endeavors to fill this gap are encouraging. news for the helpless of the world. Indeed, there is a dire need for the poor and destitute to be included in international decision-making processes that affect their well-being and it is hoped that BRICS efforts in this regard will bear fruit.
What could contribute to increasing the confidence of the underdeveloped countries in the BRICS is the rise in economic and political power of the latter. While in terms of economic power, the United States remains first in the world with a GDP of $20.89 trillion, China is not far behind with a GDP of $14.72 trillion. Relevant readings for some other key BRICS countries are: India – $2.66 trillion, Russia – $1.48 trillion and Brazil $1.44 trillion. It should also be noted that with the exception of South Africa, the rest of the BRICS are among the top 15 predominant economies, assessed in terms of GDP. In a global situation where economics drives politics, these numbers speak volumes about the rise of the BRICS countries.
In other words, the BRICS are far ahead of the G7 countries in terms of number of power indices. The fact that many BRICS have nuclear capability indicates that in military terms too they are almost on par with the G7.
However, what is crucial is that the BRICS, in addition to helping to change the global economic order to also serve the best interests of the poor, help to change the balance of power within the vital organs of the United Nations system, such as the United Nations Security Council. , to make them more broadly representative of the changing global realities of power.
So, India and Brazil, for example, must be part of the UNSC because they are major economic powers in their own right. Since they are democratic in orientation, in addition to pushing for greater democratization of the vital organs of the United Nations, they would be able to work constantly for the welfare of the disadvantaged in their respective regions, which have enormous potential. of development.