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January 26, 2011 Audra McGeorge (Royce), 202-226-0702
India Caucus Co-Chairs Crowley and Royce Introduce Resolution in Honor of India’s Republic Day
Representatives Hail India’s Democracy, Call for Strengthening U.S.-India Relations
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Representatives Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Edward Royce (R-CA), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, introduced H.R. 59, a resolution to recognize India’s democracy and constitution in honor of the country’s Republic Day. India’s Republic Day marks the day the country became a Republic and formed a parliamentary democracy through the adoption of a constitution. Today’s resolution recognizes India’s booming democracy, acknowledges the many contributions of the Indian-American community to American society, and calls for a renewed effort to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
“Today, we celebrate and honor our good friend and the world’s largest democracy, India,” said Rep. Crowley. “There are many similarities between our nations, but none greater than our unwavering commitment to our shared values. Democracy is at the heart of our nations’ principles, our governments, and our economies. And, our people are stronger because of it.”
“On Republic Day, I join the millions of Indian-Americans in celebrating the establishment of the Indian constitution. Home to the world’s largest democracy and one of the world’s fastest growing economies, India has been an important partner to the United States. As co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, I look forward to continuing to strengthen this relationship,” said Rep. Royce.
In December, Crowley and Royce were named co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans for the 112th Congress. A bi-partisan group formed in 1993, the Caucus is an influential voice on issues pertaining to relations between the U.S. and India, as well as the growing Indian-American community in the U.S.
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