London, Jan 21: Lauding India on its achievement, British prime minister Gordon Brown has called India a 'modern global success', on its way to prosperity.
In an article marking India's 60th year of becoming republic, Brown said that the pace at which India has developed is remarkable, adding that the country is finally heading towards a long awaited prosperity.
"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 The long march to liberty is now being matched by the rapid march towards prosperity, " he said.
Citing the bond shared by the two countries, Brown said that Britain would not be the same without the strong bond shared with India and the Indian community's enormous contribution.
"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 added.
Brown said that he was reminded of the deep respect and enduring friendship shared between the countries during his meeting with the prominent Indian-origin people at a Diwali reception at 10 Downing Street in Oct, 2009.
"For many years now our public services, professions, businesses and cultural and creative industries have been enriched by the Indian community. 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, " he added.