Indian Council of Ministers, 1972
The Indian Union Council of Ministers consists of senior ministers, led by the prime minister, and exercises executive authority in the Republic of India
CHAIR: APARNA SHANKaR
Hi delegates! My name is Aparna, and I’m a sophomore majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, with a certificate in French language and culture. I grew up in (and am annoyingly passionate about) New Delhi, India, where I participated in MUN and debate all through high school. On campus, I write for The Daily Princetonian, serve as a Fellow for the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, and of course, flirt with diabetes at weekly MUN Team practices, where candy is almost dangerously easy to find. I look forward to meeting you all in the fall!
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topic a: Integration of Bangladesh into the Subcontinent and World Community
Having played a heavy hand in the creation of a new neighbor, India must now make many decisions that are crucial to its own future position in the subcontinent and the world. First, to what extent will it support the acceptance of Bangladesh in the world community and especially the United Nations? Especially considering its involvement and hostility to Pakistan in the liberation of Bangladesh, will India begin taking conciliatory measures now, or will it continue its actions against Pakistan? Further, considering the powerful international support Pakistan held during the war, will India make further demands of the USSR or simply begin complying with the US and China? Lastly, the crisis created by the Bangladeshi refugees crossing the Indian border in huge numbers is salient. The council of ministers needs to make decisions regarding how to firm the borders between the two nations, and how to deal with or integrate the existing refugee population.
topic b: Preparation for the Shimla Summit
Post war, India and Pakistan are to negotiate the differences marring their history at a summit in the city of Shimla between their respective Prime Minister and President. The subjects to be covered are not only the relations that are to be pursued between both countries in the following years, but particularly addressing the issue of the contested territories of Jammu and Kashmir in the specific situation created by the war, wherein India holds a military advantage over Pakistan, but Pakistan continues to hold the international clout offered by the support of the US. The council of ministers must discuss the issue of Kashmir extensively, and create an agreement on the strategy India is to pursue at this summit and the demands and concessions to be made with Pakistan.