India's Independence Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 11, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of the Republic of India as you celebrate the sixty-fourth anniversary of your independence this August 15.

India’s independence movement and the inspirational leadership of Mahatma Gandhi still move people to be the change that they want to see in the world. At this time of profound change and hope for millions of people, India’s story stands as a powerful example of what people can achieve through the peaceful pursuit of inalienable rights.

During my recent visit to India, I once again had the opportunity to experience India’s beauty, vitality, and dynamism. We believe that the U.S.-India partnership -- based on people-to-people ties and our shared values of democracy, liberty, and respect for religious and cultural diversity -- will be one of the defining partnerships of this century. And we look forward to continuing to partner with you as you share your story and successes with other countries around the world.

As you celebrate this special day with family, friends and loved ones, in Chennai, New Delhi or anywhere in between, know that the United States stands with you as a committed partner and friend.

PRN: 2011/1312