The World: Message to American from India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

As part of our Bicentennial observance, TIME asked leaders of nations round the world to address the American people through the pages of TIME on how they view the U.S. and what they hope—and expect—from the nation in the years ahead. This message from Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India is the seventh in the series.

On its Bicentennial I greet the United States of America on behalf of the 600 million people of India. The United States evokes three dominant physical images: its sheer vastness and natural endowment, the vitality and outgoing friendliness...

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