(CNSNews.com) - Throngs of Indians lined the route of President Trump's motorcade on Monday, as the U.S. president made his way to the world's largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad to reinforce the U.S. relationship with one of the world's most populous countries.
The crowd of 125,000 people -- revved up by the introductory song "Macho, Macho Man" by the Village People -- cheered wildly as Trump and first lady Melania Trump were escorted to the podium by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"The first lady and I have just traveled 8,000 miles around the world to deliver a message to every citizen across this nation. America loves India; America respects India; and America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the Indian people," Trump said.
Trump thanked the many people who turned out to welcome him, "in a stunning display of Indian culture and kindness."
Then he turned to the "limitless promise" of India," using Prime Minister Modi's rise from humble beginnings as an example.
"We are very, very proud of India," Trump said:
The story of the Indian nation is a tale of astounding progress, a miracle of democracy, extraordinary diversity, and above all, a strong and noble people. India gives hope to all of humanity. In just 70 years, India has become an economic giant -- the largest democracy ever to exist, and one of the most amazing nations anywhere in the world.
Since the turn of the century, India's economy has grown more than six times in size. In a single decade, India has lifted over 270 million people out of poverty. Under Prime Minister Modi, for the first time in history, every village in India now has access to electricity. 320 million people -- more Indians are right now connected to the Internet…The pace of highway construction has more than doubled. 70 million more households have access to cooking fuel; 600 million more people have access to basic sanitation; and incredibly, 12 Indian citizens are lifted out of extreme poverty every single minute of every single day.
Trump noted that India will soon be home to the biggest middle class anywhere in the world. And he said in less than ten years, extreme poverty India is projected to completely disappear.
India's rise as a prosperous and independent nation is an example to every nation all over the world and one of the most outstanding achievements of our century. It is all the more inspiring because you have done it as a democratic country; you have done it as a peaceful country; you have done it as a tolerant country; and you have done it as a great, free country.
There is all the difference in the world between a country that seeks power through coercion, intimidation and aggression -- and a nation that rises by setting its people free and unleashing them to chase their dreams -- and that is India.