President Barack Obama backed India for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. He made the announcement in a speech to Indias parliament on the third and final day of his stay. The strategic prize for India was Obamas support for permanent membership of the SC which topped Delhis wish list. Of course, India has sought permanent Security Council membership for years. It appears to be an effort to please India and earn business from it for the weakening US economy. Analysts think the US is raising India against China. At the same time relations between the US and China are deteriorating. China is expanding its sphere of influence in the world. It is good to know that ties between Pakistan and China are expanding rapidly. Hence, the anti-China stance is also bringing US and India closer to each other. Experts believe that major reforms have to be done in the UN for including India in UNSC as a permanent member and it will also open UNSCs gates for many other potential countries such as Japan, Brazil, Germany and Saudi Arabia, which some of the P5 do not want. It is unfair to give a veto power to India where thousands of innocent people are being killed every year in Kashmir, where Naxalism has spread across 220 districts in 20 states and where 37 per cent of India falls below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day. Indias grave human rights violations, its immense and colossal problems with its neighboring countries are some of the great obstacles for India. India has not honored the UN Council resolutions on Kashmir. MUZAMMIL MUJAHID BHATTI, Rawalpindi, November 20.