POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 27, 2009 AT 19:11 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 27, 2009 21:22 IST
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[pedantic, nitpicking mode begins]

The White House blog for Monday, January 26th, 2009 says:

"58 years of Indian democracy

"Today is India Republic Day, the 58th anniversary of India's independence and the adoption of its Constitution.

And we thought there were enough Indian hands at the Whitehouse. And even if we grant the confusion between the Independence and Republic days, how does 26 January 1950 to 26 January 2009 make it the 58th. anniversary?

 [pedantic, nitpicking mode ends] 

President Obama's message from the same blog entry:

As the people of India and people of Indian origin in America and around the world celebrate Republic Day on January 26, I send the warmest greetings of the American people to the people of India. Together, we celebrate our shared belief in democracy, liberty, pluralism, and religious tolerance.

Our nations have built broad and vibrant partnerships in every field of human endeavor. Our rapidly growing and deepening friendship with India offers benefits to all the world's citizens as our scientists solve environmental challenges together, our doctors discover new medicines, our engineers advance our societies, our entrepreneurs generate prosperity, our educators lay the foundation for our future generations, and our governments work together to advance peace, prosperity, and stability around the globe.

It is our shared values that form the bedrock of a robust relationship across peoples and governments. Those values and ideals provide the strength that enables us to meet any challenge, particularly from those who use violence to try to undermine our free and open societies. As the Indian people celebrate Republic Day all across India, they should know that they have no better friend and partner than the people of the United States. It is in that spirit, that I also wish Prime Minister Singh a quick recovery.

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 27, 2009 AT 19:11 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 27, 2009 21:22 IST
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