The partnership between India and the United States is rooted in their shared responsibility to uphold democratic values, according to the White House, which greeted the people of India on the occasion of the country’s 73rd Republic Day on Tuesday.
What they’re saying: “We join India, the world’s largest democracy, in commemorating Republic Day, the day that marks the adoption of India’s Constitution,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during her daily news conference.
- “As President (Joe) Biden stated during India’s Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s visit to the White House last September, the relationship between India and the United States is destined to be stronger, closer, and tighter, and it can benefit the entire world,” she said.
- In response to a question, Psaki stated, “Our partnership is rooted in our shared responsibility to uphold democratic values.”
- “Happy 73rd Republic Day India!” said the US State Department’s South and Central Asia Bureau in a tweet. Today, as millions of Indians celebrate their vibrant Constitution, we are reminded of our countries’ shared democratic values and the strength of the US-India strategic partnership.”
- Congressman Eric Swalwell congratulated India and Indian Americans on the 73rd Republic Day of India.
- “India and the United States are the world’s oldest and largest democracies.” And what makes our partnership so special is our shared belief in democracy, the rule of law, humanity, charity, and ensuring that human rights are upheld not just in our own countries but around the world,” he said.
Indian Americans all over the country have made special plans to commemorate India’s Republic Day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Indian embassy here will commemorate the occasion virtually, with Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu raising the national flag in front of a small group of people.