I bring the greetings and friendship of the world’s oldest democracy – the USA , including nearly three million proud and patriotic Indian Americans.
You can’t simply “visit” India but you have to “experience” it.
India is not simply emerging; India has already emerged.
Thanks to the hospitality that Indians have always been known.
India’s treasured past-a civilization that has been shaping the world for thousands of years.
Indians unlocked the intricacies of the human body and the vastness of our universe.
It is no exaggeration to say that our information age is rooted in Indian innovations-
including the number zero.
India not only opened our minds, she expanded our moral imagination.
I have always found inspiration in the life of Gandhiji and in his simple and profound lesson to be the change we seek in the world.
I am mindful that I might not be standing before you today, as President of the United States , had it not been for Gandhi and the message he shared with America and the world.
India – An ancient civilization of science and innovation. A fundamental faith in human progress.
This is the sturdy foundation upon which you have built ever since that stroke of midnight when the tricolor was raised over a free and independent India .
I have an extraordinary amount of respect for the rich, diverse civilization here.
In meeting with survivors (of Mumbai terror attacks), I saw first hand the resilience of Indians.
You (young Indians) are future leaders, future educators, entrepreneurs and future electors. More than half of all Indians are under 30 years old. It is a great statistic. Every single child holds promise of greatness.
How do you want to make the world a better place? This is your century to shape. There are powerful examples before you.
Believe that no matter who you are or where you come from, every person can fulfill their God-given potential, just as a Dalit like Dr. Ambedkar could lift himself up and pen the words of the Constitution that protects the rights of all Indians.
This is the story of India ; it’s the story of America – that despite their differences, people can see themselves in one another, and work together and succeed together as one proud nation.
Jai Hind!, and long live the partnership between India and the United States .