State Sens. Joseph Pennacchio and Sam Thompson on Wednesday called for India to be granted a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council
“As the largest democracy in the world, India has proven to be a worthy partner in our efforts to maintain peace and security throughout the globe. The United Nations Security Council was established with this noble goal in mind. It’s time for the Council to recognize what the U.S. has long held to be true: that India is one of our strongest allies in that fight,” Pennacchio said. “We have reaped the rewards of this international friendship in New Jersey, where more and more Indian-Americans continue to grow and prosper in the land they now call home.”
New Jersey is host to a growing number of Indiam-Americans that far outpaces the group’s representation nationwide.
In 2017, the census estimated Indian-Americans made up 1.3% of the country’s population. In New Jersey, that figure was 3.9% in 2016, and the state’s Indian population is more heavily clustered in the state’s northern half.
The senators’ calls come in tandem with a resolution in the state’s legislature sponsored by the two that urges the U.N. to bring India on as a permanent member of the U.N.S.C. The resolution has been backed by Sandeep Chakravorty, India’s Consul General.
“The New York-New Jersey metro area is home to the largest concentration of Indians in the United States, making our State Legislature an appropriate advocate for granting India a seat on the UN Security Council,” Thompson said.