Terming India's path to independence a great story of 'liberty overcoming oppression', he said: "Led by Mahatma Gandhi the Indian people engaged in non-violent protests and campaigns in the pursuit of freedom." "On August 15, 1947 they achieved their goal, gained their independence and became a democratic nation. This accomplishment demonstrates that though freedom can be delayed, it cannot be denied," he added.
Lauding the contributions of Indian Americans in America's progress, Bush said: "it is also a time to remember the rich contributions that the Indian-Americans have made to our country and reminds us of the close ties that our Nation shares with India."
"Laura (his wife) and I send our best wishes on the occasion," he added.