Kamala Harris, who made history by becoming the first woman, the first black person, and the first Indian American person to become US Vice President, paid tribute to her Indian mother.
“I am grateful to the woman who is most responsible for my presence here today, my mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris. When she came here from India at the age of 19, she may not have imagined this moment. But it was so deep believed in America where such a moment is possible, “said Kamala Harris in her first address to the nation as Vice-President-elect.
“I think of her and generations of women, black women, Asian, white, Latin American and Native American women who paved the way for this moment tonight throughout our nation’s history,” said the 57-year-old to cheers over one Outdoor rally in Joe Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
Kamala Harris is the daughter of an Indian immigrant and a father born in Jamaica. She is a Christian, but also visited Hindu temples with her mother.
When Joe Biden selected her as his runner-up, Kamala Harris had referred to her Indian roots in her acceptance speech and talked about her childhood trips to Tamil Nadu, the support she received from her “Chittis (aunts)”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to this when he paid tribute to her “groundbreaking” success on Twitter. It is “a matter of immense pride, not only for your Chittis but for all American Indian,” he wrote.
While the world waited for the US election result, the village of Kamala Harris’s grandparents, Thulasendrapuram near Chennai, prayed. The election was finally scheduled in India late on Saturday evening.