India and Indians have been an inspiration and beacon of hope for people across the globe, US President Barack Obama has said on the eve of India's 63rd independence day.
"Ever since August 15, 1947, India's non-violent struggle for freedom, its rejection of terrorism and extremism, and its belief in democracy, tolerance, and the rule of law have been an inspiration and beacon of hope for people around the world," Obama said yesterday.
Observing that India's example has had a profound effect on many countries, including the US, the President said leaders of America's civil rights movement, including Dr Martin Luther King Jr spoke about the debt they owed to Mahatma Gandhi.
Looking forward to his visit to India in November, Obama said the ties between the people of the two countries have never been stronger.
"The over two million members of the Indian American community are living examples of the bonds that bind our nations together and their accomplishments have become well-known and admired in both countries," he said.
"The strategic partnership between our countries will continue to grow, and I am looking forward to my November visit to India. Our goal is to make this one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century," Obama said.
"On behalf of my administration and the American people, I wish to congratulate all who will celebrate the 63rd anniversary of India's independence.
Indians around the world can not only look back on their history with pride, but can also look ahead to a future filled with hope and further progress," Obama said in his statement.