At lecture, Lula backs India for Security Council seat

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacia Lula Da Silva on Friday favoured an expansion of the United Nations Security Council to include India and other Asian, Latin American and African nations as permanent members, saying that the world's political order must not reflect the balance of power post-World War II.

Delivering the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture here, he said that an IMF report in April suggested the combined economies of developing countries will surpass that of developed countries.

Vice-President M Hamid Ansari, PM Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who is the chairperson of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, were among those present on the occasion.

Sonia Gandhi said that he was the "most popular President" in Brazilian history who had the approval rating of 80 per cent at the time of demitting office and quoted US President Barack Obama's description of him as "the most popular politician in the world".

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.