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Indian P.M. Addresses Joint Meeting of CongressAired September 14, 2000 - 10:11 a.m. ET
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BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: With that, going to go to Capitol Hill right now, inside Congress, the Indian prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee now addressing members of Congress. This on his visit to the U.S. that starts today and continues through this weekend.
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ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE, INDIAN PRIME MINISTER: And, how for my country, America is now home. In turn, their industry, enterprise and the skills are contributive to the advancement of American medical society. I see this...
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I have seen the outstanding success of the Indian community in America (unitelligible) ... in the U.S. of what we can achieve together.
Just as American expedience has been a lesson in what people can achieve in a democratic framework, India has been the laboratory of democratic process, rising to meet the strongest challenges that can be flung at it.
In the half century of our independence, we have woven a tapestry out of diversity. We have brought unity. The several languages of India I speak with one voice under the roof of all parliament.
In your remarkable experiment, as a nation escaped, you have proven the same fruit. out of the huddled masses that you welcome to your shores, you have created a great nation.
For me, the most gratifying of the many achievements of Indian democracy has been the change it has brought to the lives of the weak and of the vulnerable.
To give just one figure, in recent years, it has enabled more than a million women in a small town, villages to enter local electorate councils and to decide on issues that touch upon their lives.
HEMMER: Prime Minister Vajpayee, from India there, addressing members of Congress live in Washington. His visit to the U.S. comes at a time when relations are not necessarily completely smooth. The U.S. still with concerns about the Indian government's nuclear testing carried out two years ago, back in 1998, and also India's refusal to sign Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, still an issue with members in Washington.
President Clinton was in India back in march. And this visit reciprocating that. He will have an official ceremony tomorrow at the White House.
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