With the advent of the 73rd year of the birth of the Indian Republic, the White House sent a message promising even better bilateral ties.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki recalled the words of US President Joe Biden. "The US President had said at the time of Indian premier Narendra Modi's visit to America in Sept. last year that the comradeship between the United States of America and India was to the advantage of the world and will only get better over time."
While wishing India on behalf of America, Psaki stated, "We join India, the world's largest democracy, in honoring Republic Day, the day that marks the adoption of India's Constitution."
Replying to a question, the US press secretary told reporters that America and India were strong allies that worked in tandem with sustaining the principles of democracy in their respective countries.
According to a Twitter post, the US State Department's South and Central Asia Bureau said: "Happy 73rd Republic Day, India! As millions of Indians celebrate their vibrant Constitution today, we are reminded of our nations' shared democratic values and the strength of the US-India strategic partnership." (@State_SCA)
Congratulatory messages also poured in from US Congressmen. While affirming that India and America were not only the world's largest but also its oldest democracies, Eric Swalwell wished the Indian and the Indian American simultaneously. He stated that what made the bond between India and America special was "shared partnership, a belief in democracy, the rule of law, humanity, charity and making sure that human rights are carried out not just in our own countries but across the globe…."
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions, the Indian embassy celebrated Republic Day virtually. India's envoy to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, unfurled the Tricolor in front of a limited audience.