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“When My Mother Came From India, She Didn’t Imagine…”: Kamala Harris After Winning Election

“She maybe didn’t imagine this moment. But she believed so deeply in America where moment like this is possible,” Ms Harris said in her first address as Vice President-elect. 

Kamala Harris, the newly elected Vice President of the United States and the first woman, the first Black person and the first Indian-American to become US Vice President, paid tribute to her Indian mother.

“I’m grateful to the woman most responsible for my presence here 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,” Ms Harris said in her first address as Vice President-elect.

“I am thinking about her and generations of women, black women, Asian, White, Latina, Native American women who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight,” Kamala Harris said as the crowd cheered and honked at an outdoor rally in Joe Biden’s home city of Wilmington, Delaware.

Kamala Harris, when Joe Biden picked her as his running mate, referred to her Indian roots in her acceptance speech and had talked about her childhood trips to Tamil Nadu, the support she received from her “chittis (aunts)”.

Prime Minister Modi, referring to the same, congratulated the newly elected VP and said: ” Heartiest congratulations @KamalaHarris! Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans. I am confident that the vibrant India-US ties will get even stronger with your support and leadership.”

 

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