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Kamala Harris pick for VP is hailed as ‘a moment of pride’ in India

Washington:  Many Indians started tweeting support Wednesday for Kamala Harris, celebrating their connection to the new presumptive Democratic nominee for vice president, whose mother was from India.

Harris is not only the first woman of color to appear on a major U.S. presidential ticket, but she is also the first person of South Asian descent.

“This is a historical, transformational, and proud moment for… all women of color, all Black women, and all South Asian women,” Bollywood-Hollywood star Priyanka Chopra tweeted. “Pride for India!!” says another.

Harris’ mother, Shyamala Gopalan, who died in 2009, was a Hindu whose family hails from Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India. Gopalan moved to California for graduate school before Harris was born.

“It is a moment of pride for Indians and Tamil Nadu especially,” tweeted the state’s deputy chief minister, Thiru O. Panneerselvam, reported NPR.

While Harris has most often identified herself as Black, and on occasion, as African American (her father is of Jamaican origin), she wrote about her Indian mother’s influence on her in her 2019 memoir, The Truths We Hold.

But some supporters of India’s BJP government also took to social media to criticize Harris for her stance on Kashmir.

“This is one of the reasons I don’t support #KamalaHarris. She’s the favorite candidate of those who want to break my ancestral homeland of #Kashmir away from India,” one tweet read.

Meanwhile in America, among the Indian community some churn has started. With President Trump’s bonhomie with PM Modi, more Indian American support for his re-election was predicted. Now with Harris on the Democratic ticket, that may be dampened even as overall more turnout of community at in November is certain.

Said Dr Sampat Shivangi, Delegate, RNC Convention, “Some Indian Americans will face the dilemma – vote for a candidate of Indian heritage or for the pro-Indian stance President Trump .”

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