Washington: U S Secretary of State John Kerry has on behalf of President Barack Obama and the people of the US, sent his best wishes to the people of India as the country celebrates its 69th Independence Day on August 15. Kerry said, "Today, we commemorate the legacy of India's freedom fighters, including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Sardar Patel, whose message of nonviolence established a united, inclusive republic and served to inspire leaders from around the globe."
"On my many visits over the years, I never cease to be amazed by India's rich national identity. From the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the jungles of the Western Ghats, India is a stunningly beautiful landscape with rich cultures, histories and peoples united under one nation," said Kerry.He further remarked, "India has stood as a beacon for the world: as an economic power that prides innovation, as a resilient democracy in the face of terror, and as a strategic power that upholds international norms."
"As was highlighted during President Obama's visit for India's Republic Day in January, the United States takes pride in our indispensable partnership with India, a friendship built on our shared democratic values, the entrepreneurial spirit of our people, and our shared interests," said the U S Secretary of State.He added, "As India continues its tryst with destiny into the 21st century, it will find in the United States a willing and able partner in the cause of freedom, democracy, and prosperity. Jai Hind."