Senator Menendez's Statement on Celebration of India's Independence Day

Senator Menendez's Statement on Celebration of India's Independence Day

Newark - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today extended warm congratulations to India on the 64th anniversary of its independence from British rule. India, home to over 1.2 billion people and the world's most populous democracy, has seen rapid economic growth in the last twenty years as it has solidified its role as a regional and global power. Menendez, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement:

"Today I join millions in the United States and around the world in celebrating India's Independence Day. From one pluralistic, multiethnic, multilingual democracy to another: we recognize and applaud the progress of a great nation and a great people over the last 64 years. And we also admire an independence struggle marked by non-violent resistance and visionary moral leadership - a story that continues to inspire the world today."

Nearly 3 million Indian Americans live in the United States according to the 2010 Census and many have found great success in government, academia, the arts, and sciences. New Jersey itself is home to the third largest population of any state in the union with 292,256 Indian Americans there, again according to the 2010 Census.

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