It is great to be at world's largest democracy to celebrate the birthday of world's oldest democracy -- this was how US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell described America's Independence Day celebrations here.
Addressing the gathering at the American centre, she said, "my belief is that we have much in common and India and US are very-very close with people.
"We had shared colonial heritage and we each had struggled for our Independence and for our freedom," she said.
Powell said both the democracies are vibrant and diverse and our relationship is flourishing.
"You, the youth of India and also those in the US, celebrating today have important role in strengthening democracy and civil society to ensure progress and development," the Ambassador said.