The time has come to give the major population centres (e.g. India) more clout as permanent members.
As an Indian, I disagree completely. That's a recipe for solving a problem with another - the UNSC
should not be a half baked global affirmative action group. Lets get real here. The UNSC
isn't about responsible power. Its a WW2 old boys club - two big military powers, two former imperial powers and an east Asian basketcase that lost severals millions of its people to another rampaging east Asian imperial power. There are several WW2 contributors who didn't make it in - Canada, ANZAC and India being the main cases.
I also disagree that India should 'wait until it solves its problems before being let in'. Lets fast forward 10 years and look at the picture. China and India will very likely be bigger economic and military powers than UK, France, Germany and Russia, behind only the US (and economically, Japan as well). Two decades on, both will have passed Japan economically, and will be closing in on the US.
Now, exactly how will the UNSC
be relevant around then ? Its own relevance will lie in co-opting the new powers. If anything, India will strengthen its own cause by ignoring the UNGA
's resolutions based on its own self interest, as it has always done. We ought to concentrate on getting rich and strong. Some day the UNSC
's own continuing relevance will be tied, in part, to having us among them. Then they'll come ask us to join. Until then I strongly feel India ought not to clamour after it. Unfortunately we're doing it, and that just reduces our own bargaining power.