“Welcome to Roosevelt House and thank you for coming. Roosevelt House is the home of the American Ambassador to India since 1961. It has for many years honored the legacies of Presidents Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt.”
She was the US’s Ambassador to India Nancy Powell.She was speaking on Eleanor Roosevelt Dedication ceremony inside Roosevelt House on August 28 night.
“Tonight we add the name of First Lady Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, who was both the niece of Theodore Roosevelt and the wife of Franklin, but more importantly an outstanding American in her own right”,she said.
As the first woman American Ambassador to India, I am proud to add her bust to those of the Presidents as a mark of respect [applause] for her accomplishments and as a symbol of America’s continuing efforts to support human rights around the globe”,she continued.
In 1952, Mrs. Roosevelt came to India at the invitation of Prime Minister Jawahar lal Nehru .” As you can see from the photographs on the walls around this room, she traveled throughout the country and interacted with a wide spectrum of Indian society. The warm reception Mrs. Roosevelt received and the interest her travels generated reflect both the deep and enduring nature of the U.S.-India relationship”,she said.
On the occasion,she introduce another remarkable woman,a very special guest: the United States’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan Rice,who was present there. At the United Nations, Ambassador Rice works very hard every day not only to advance American interests, but also to defend universal values, strengthen the world’s common prosperity, and to promote respect for human rights.
As a senior U.S. government official working over the years on emergency response and African affairs as well as the mother of two children, Ambassador Rice’s own career represents a sterling example of effective response to the Call to Action on Child Survival.
Subsequently she introduced Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath.Her ministry is one of the key actors in India’s response to the global Call to Action for Child Survival. The minister’s distinguished political career and her skills as an organizer make her an ideal leader for this initiative on behalf of children of India and the world.