President Barack Obama has ended his visit to India by endorsing its long-held demand for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
The most headline-grabbing declaration of his Asian tour so far reflects India’s growing global weight and its challenge to rival regional power, China.
“In the years ahead, I look forward to a reformed United Nations Security Council that includes India as a permanent member,” the US leader said in a speech to India’s parliament.
“Let me suggest that with increased power comes increased responsibility.”
On the day he paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, an icon of peace, independence and democracy, Obama criticised India for failing to condemn human rights abuses in Myanmar.
But the President was himself accused of failing to
do the right thing by victims of the world’s worst industrial accident.
Thousands died in the Indian city of Bhopal when toxic gases leaked from the American-owned Union Carbide chemical plant in 1984.
Suvivors who gathered to protest in New Delhi say people are still suffering and want President Obama to take action.