India beacon of hope for people around the globe: Obama

India and Indians have been an inspiration and beacon of hope for people across the globe, US President Barack Obama said.

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2010, 23:31 PM IST

Washington: 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.

PTI