British Premier Gordon Brown has termed India as a ‘modern global success story’ marching towards prosperity, reported IANS.
“The astonishing pace of change, the dynamism and excitement that it is generating and the potential to do great things is a tribute to all Indians,” Brown was quoted as saying in an article marking the 60th anniversary of India becoming a republic.
“The long march to liberty is now being matched by the rapid march towards prosperity,” Brown was quoted as saying in his article published in Asian Lite magazine.
The prime minister highlighted that modern Britain simply wouldn’t be the same without strong bond with India and without enormous role played by the Indian community, said report.
“The relationship of one of the world’s oldest democracies with one of the largest owes its foundations to our proud historic ties.
“But it thrives now – as a partnership of equals – on our shared values and our faith in free institutions, free markets and free societies,” he wrote.
Mentioning his meetings with prominent Indian-origin people at a Diwali reception at 10 Downing street in October, Brown said that it ‘reminded me again of the deep respect and enduring friendship of our two nations’.
‘For many years now our public services, professions, businesses and cultural and creative industries have been enriched by the Indian community,’ he added.
“The Britain-India link is central to our shared prosperity and people of Indian origin here are part of the very fabric of modern British society.”