He said India's struggle for independence inspired many others and "India's Constitution is a seminal document which marked the country's emergence from the shadows of colonialism to the light of independence.
Muhammad-Bande, who presides over the 193-Member General Assembly, wished the people of India peace, happiness and prosperity for decades ahead on this special day.
It was on this day in 1949 that the Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly and it came into force on January 26, 1950, marking the beginning of India as a republic.
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