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After Vice President-elect Kamala Harris paid homage to her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, an Indian immigrant, in her winning speech on Saturday night, Twitter erupted to celebrate the ladies. Indian mother.
One Twitter user posted a video of his mother, dancing to Indian music.
“Think of Shyamala and all the Indian mothers out there, feel the emotions my mom is feeling right now; vote and vote, someone who was raised around the same food, same era law, same culture, “read the tweet from Vibhor Mathur.
Harris will be not just the first black, and the first female vice president. She was also the first Indian American and the first Asian American elected to office. Her deceased mother was born in India and immigrated as a teenager to California, where Harris was born.
Some Indian Americans call Harris’s election an early Diwali ceremony. India’s light festival starts this weekend.
With Harris’s victory, all four other Indian-American Democrats in Congress were re-elected last week. (Although another Indian-American failed to win a House of Representatives seat in Texas.) Together with Harris, who served in the US Senate, they were referred to by several Indian media is “Samosa Caucus” – after the name of popular Indian snacks.
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Indian Democrat from Illinois, called Harris’ election “a meaningful and transformative moment for our country.”
“I am very grateful that my children will see Kamala Harris, along with Joe Biden, as a role model when she takes office,” said Krishnamoorthi in a statement.
In a statement to reporters by email, the US-India Business Council congratulated Harris and President-elect Biden, calling their victory “a real barrier-breaking moment and one of the most celebrated of American diversity.
The US Indian Political Action Commission on Sunday called Harris’s election “one of the most inspiring days for young girls everywhere, especially Black and Indian girls. Degree. A victory for decency, class, truth, maturity and solidarity. “
The Washington-based American Hindu organization also issued a statement, noting Harris’s South Asian roots, congratulating her and Biden, and pledging to cooperate with their administration.
Despite President Trump’s friendship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, polls conducted before the election show that the Indian Americans plan to vote for Biden and Harris in an overwhelming manner.