Following his re-election to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Justice Dalveer Bhandari said that it was made possible due to the image India has carved out for itself on the global stage. Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, Justice Bhandari said that it was a victory for not just one individual but the entire country. Dalveer Bhandari was today re-elected to the last seat of the world court after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election
"It was a tough contest. India's rising position has made a difference, and the image that India has carved out for itself on the global stage has paid great dividends," Justice Bhandari said.
Bhandari and Britain's Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the ICJ. The permanent members of the Security Council — the US, Russia, France and China — were understood to have been throwing their weight behind Greenwood. Britain is the fifth permanent member of the Security Council.
"It was unprecedented that India was pitted against one of the P-5 members and it has never happened before. That made it slightly difficult. This victory shows that the the world wants greater representations of all civilisations and legal systems at the ICJ," Justice Bhandari pointed out.
The re-election of Justice Bhandari assumes significance at a time when India is making diplomatic efforts to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
"India is the fastest growing economy in the world. India has acquired a high position and has now been recognised by the entire world. This is a big step in that direction (permanent UNSC seat)," Justice Bhandari added.