President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday greeted the people on the eve of New Year's Day and asked them to strive towards building a strong, united, peaceful and prosperous India.
"As the New Year dawns, let us pledge to make the coming year, an year of peace, amity and happiness," Patil said in her message.
She asked citizens to dedicate themselves towards spreading the message of peace and harmony in order to help humanity emerge triumphant over the challenges faced by divisive and destructive forces present in the society.
"The dawn of the New Year is always welcomed with renewed hope, which can only be fulfilled by working together with resolve and dedication," Ansari said.
Prime Minister Singh hoped that 2009 will bring with it a better future for everyone.
"The beginning of the new year is the time to firm up our resolve to work for the development of our country and for the well being of our countrymen," Singh said.