"India's independence movement and the inspirational leadership of Mahatma Gandhi still move people to be the change that they want to see in the world," Clinton said in her message on the occasion of India's Independence Day on August 15.
"At this time of profound change and hope for millions of people, India's story stands as a powerful example of what people can achieve through the peaceful pursuit of inalienable rights," Clinton said.
Referring to her recent visit to New Delhi and Chennai, Clinton said she once again had the opportunity to experience India's beauty, vitality, and dynamism.
"We believe that the US-India partnership based on people-to-people ties and our shared values of democracy, liberty, and respect for religious and cultural diversity -- will be one of the defining partnerships of this century," she said.
"And we look forward to continuing to partner with you as you share your story and successes with other countries around the world," Clinton said.
"As you celebrate this special day with family, friends and loved ones, in Chennai, New Delhi or anywhere in between, know that the United States stands with you as a committed partner and friend," Clinton said in her statement.