Legitimacy Of Power by Dilip Sinha

The United Nations, whose membership comprises almost all the states in the world, is founded on the principle of the equal worth of every human being.

Legitimacy Of Power: The Permanence of Five in the Security Council by Dilip Sinha is a thorough and historical view of how the Security Council and all-powerful UN body for maintaining world peace and security and developing friendly relations among nations came into existence.

The book comprises 16 chapters and talks about international security, military actions, laws, and ideas, it’s reformation and a lot more. The book first talks about its formation and how a international defense organization came into being amidst World War II. The same idea was proposed at the time of World War I but it was soon collapsed.

Most of us know what the UN basically is and what it primarily does but this book is really insightful and you can just go through any of the chapters to gain particular knowledge about the UN. It’s really informative in terms of UN functioning and it’s use of power, world events, peacekeeping operations and so on. Each chapter has some endnotes and references material for you to go through in case you want to explore the subject more.

However, this book does feel more like an academic book and at a point, I was overwhelmed by the amount of research and information the author has provided. But I think someone who is really invested in political and international relations would find this book much more intriguing and resourceful.

Rating – 4 out of 5 stars

My Verdict – All hard-core non-fiction lovers can go for it.

What matters is the people. We must ensure that the United Nations is supported by the people and that it reflects the will of the people.

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