Women in Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' native village in India celebrates her victory
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Women in Thulasendrapuram, the native village of US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Sunday celebrated her victory in the US Presidential Elections 2020. The women of the village made traditional "rangolis" using different colours to congratulate the US Vice President-elect. Kamala Harris, the running mate of US President-elect Joe Biden, will be the first woman to become the Vice President of America. The California senator also made history as the first black and first Asian-American US vice-president-elect.
Harris was born in Oakland, California, to an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father. When she was five, her parents divorced she and her sister Maya were raised by her Hindu mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, a doctor and civil rights activist.
Shyamala's father and Kamala's maternal grandfather PV Gopalan hailed from Thulasendrapuram village of Tamil Nadu. He was a diplomat. In her biography, Kamala said that Gopalan had a great influence on her when she was a child.
Kamala grew up with her mother and joined her on many visits to India. She embraces her mother's Indian Hindu heritage but says that her mother adopted Oakland's black culture, which immersed her and her sister Maya within it.
In her first victory speech, Kamala Harris also remembered her late mother and credited her achievement. She also thanked other generations of black, Asian, white, Latina and native women who made her journey to the Vice President-elect possible.
"I'm grateful to the woman most responsible for my presence her e today, my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris. When she came here from India at the age of 19, she maybe didn't imagine this moment. But she believed so deeply in America where moment like this is possible," she said in her victory speech.
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