United Nations, Jun 21: India and peace are two sides of one coin. Indian culture is deep-rooted in peace. To mark this connection, India’s contribution to UN Peacekeeping is unparalleled. Making this commitment more strong, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin on Thursday said, “Indian women who are contingents to the United Nations' peacekeeping operations will soon be assuming their duties in the Democratic Republic of Congo”.
To tackle the violent situation in Congo, UN institutionalized the Stabilization Mission. The United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or MONUSCO is a United Nations peacekeeping force that was established by the United Nations Security Council in accordance to the resolutions 1279 and 1291 to monitor peace in Congo.
India’s women contribution to UN peacekeeping missions is unique and singular in many aspects. UN peacekeeping missions said in the recent statement by UN named, “India: A long and deep tradition of contributing to UN peacekeeping”.
In 2007, India became the first country to deploy an all-women contingent to a UN peacekeeping mission. Indian peacekeepers have served in UN peacekeeping missions by protecting civilians and support peace processes, and also carry out specialist tasks.
Indian doctors provide medical care to the local population in missions around the world, including in Congo.
The statement said, "Currently, there are more than 6,700 troops and police from India who have been deployed to UN peacekeeping missions, the fourth highest amongst troop-contributing countries”.
"More than 160 Indian peacekeepers have paid the ultimate price in service to peace, losing their lives serving under the UN flag," it added.