Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Wilson Joins in Celebration of India’s Independence Day

Jul 23, 2003
Press Release
Today, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) made the following remarks from the House Floor: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commend India on its annual celebration of Independence Day on August 15, 1947. Happy 56th birthday, Republic of India, the world's largest democracy and friend of America, the world's oldest democracy. On that day, India became a free nation, modeling its constitution after our own. For nearly 56 years, the people of India have faithfully adhered to democratic principles,” said Rep. Wilson. “During the cold war, we were not allied as closely as we should have been. However, times have changed now. India's economy is rapidly reforming, and historic joint military exercises are taking place between our two great nations. According to Ambassador Mansingh, trade between India and America soared 23% last year. Also importantly, the Indian American community should be recognized for their leadership, entrepreneurship, family values, and faith. “Many Indian Americans left their homelands, immediately assimilated, and have achieved great success in America. As co-chair of the India caucus, I am so proud of this dynamic community in South Carolina and nationwide. It's my sincerest hope that this new friendship between the United States and India blossoms into solid, serious relationship between mutual allies. “In conclusion, God bless our troops,” said Rep. Wilson. ###