Washington, DC: Ahead of India’s Independence Day, the US on August 12 said the Indian dream of freedom, tolerance and prosperity continues to offer an example for people, who yearn for democracy and liberty around the globe.
In a message greeting people of the country on its Independence Day on August 15, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said 63 years after its independence, India is a world leader.
She said the US is committed to further strengthening the cooperation and partnership with India.
“As President (Barack) Obama noted during our strategic dialogue, the relationship between our two countries is unique. It is rooted in common interests, shared values and democratic traditions, and strengthened by our extensive people-to-people connections,” Clinton said.
The US looks forward to further developing these bonds when president Obama visits India this fall, she said.
“Because it is only through dynamic, global cooperation between India and the United States that we can address the defining challenges of the 21st century,” she added.
“Each year on August 15, we join with Indians around the world to honor Mahatma Gandhi and the heroes of the Indian independence movement who proved that great change can be achieved through non-violent resistance,” Clinton said.
“Their courage and determination has inspired generations of leaders around the world, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others who advanced America’s own struggle for civil rights and equality,” she said.