US Senators, Astronaut Sunita Williams Greet Indians Happy Independence Day


As the 75th Indian Independence Day is approaching, Indians across the world are excited to celebrate the long journey the country has come after the savage encroachment of the British Raj.

In the US, top Senators, including Republican John Cornyn and Democrat Mark Warner, along with astronaut Sunita Williams, greeted people of India and the Indian American community to mark the special day, on Friday, August 13.

Warner, co-chair of Senate India Caucus, in a special video message, acknowledged the growing importance of the partnership between the two countries said, “I want to congratulate the people in India on 75 years of Independence. The strength of the relationship between the world’s two biggest democracies is more important now than ever.”

For 75 years, he said, India has moved into the future as a strong, resilient democracy.

“We have seen that strength through the challenges of the last 14 months as India, America and the world has been challenged by COVID,” said Warner.

It was 74 years ago that India emancipated itself from British rule and began a long and storied journey toward becoming the biggest democracy in the world, said Senator Cornyn, Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus.

As co-founder of the Senate India caucus, Cornyn said he knows firsthand the importance of a strong relationship between the United States and India.

“I’m proud to see how our ties have strengthened over the recent years,” he said.

Joining people of India and Indian-Americans in celebrating the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, Senator Rick Scott said that the United States is proud to support India, the world’s largest democracy and America’s important partner and to celebrate the many contributions of our Indian American community.

“Congratulations on 75 years of independence. I hope you have a wonderful celebration,” Mr. Scott said in a video message.

Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that he is proud to join friends in India and Indian-American communities in New Jersey and around the world as Independence Day festivities begin.

“We recognize India’s rich heritage and many global contributions, and commit to build on our countries’ strong bond,” he said. Sending her Independence Day greetings, Indian-origin U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams mentioned the rich history of collaboration between India and the United States in space. “NASA and ISRO have cooperated in many different areas, including Earth and space science. Additionally, NASA has provided deep space communication and navigation support for ISRO’s missions to the Moon and Mars,” she said.

“Exploring space is a global enterprise where we all need to work together. I am especially interested in following the progress of Gaganyaan, India’s first human spaceflight mission,” Williams said.