Kamala Harris is the first person with Indian heritage to be selected as the nominee for the vice president of the United States.
Kamala Harris is an American politician and also a lawyer. She has served as the Junior United States senator from California since 2017. For the 2020 election, she is a nominee for Democratic Vice President and attracted national attention. Kamala Harris is also the first South Asian American to become a US senator.
Influence of Her Indian Roots:
Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California to an Indian mother and a British father. Her mother was a biologist who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.
Harris father is a professor at Stanford University. Her maternal grandfather P. V. Gopalan is a retired Indian civil servant. She says that her grandfather’s progressive views on democracy and women’s rights hugely impressed her.
Kamala Harris Education:
Kamala Harris attended Howard University in Washington, DC. She graduated in 1986 with a degree in political science and economics. Harris also has a law degree from Hastings College in 1989.
While she was studying at Howard University, she interned as a mailroom clerk for California senator. During which she chaired the economics society, led the debate team and joined Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
Kamala Harris, a teenaged Tamil Brahmin girl from a middle-class civil servant family, embarks on an extraordinary adventure.
At the time when Indian girls rarely move to a foreign country to pursue higher education, her mother moved to the University of California to pursue research and scientific career in Cancer Research. Her mother and father are embraced by the black community in California, which becomes a part of her extended family.
“In a country where she had no family, they were her family… my mother understood very well that she was raising two black daughters.
She knew her adopted Homeland would see as black daughters. She makes sure we would grow into confident, proud black women”, points out Kamala Harris in her autobiography “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey“.
The Rise in Her Career:
Kamala Harris mother remained a dedicated civil rights activist and was fighting for inclusion, justice, fair play, respect for the dignity of human lives, etc. These propelled Kamala Harris believes, and she’s identified these strongly.
She, as a black woman, is front-stage on the resurgence of the black lives matter movement over three months with massive protests about race in the United States.
Kamala Harris rose through ranks and worked as a Deputy District Attorney. She prosecuted many cases related to gang violence, drug trafficking, sexual abuse, etc., and she earned a reputation for toughness.
Harris became known for her prosecutorial style of questioning witnesses during hearings which eventually drew much criticism from Republican senators. She won the attorney general of California elections in 2010 winning by a margin of less than 1%. Therefore, she became the first female and first African-American to hold the post.
Joe Biden signals that he may not seek a second term opening the door for his vice president. He also announced in June that he intended to pick a woman of colour. Biden’s choices were almost entirely women at the beginning, and according to him, the key to his primary success was Black voters, especially older ones and those in the South.
Biden chose Harris
Biden choice to pick her fits into his moderate and establishment ideology. Harris is firmly within the mainstream lines of Democratic Party while only serving for less than four years in the Senate. It says a lot about how American politics has shifted this year as Biden chooses a black and Indian-American female as his safe choice.
She is one of the leading contenders and drew national attention when she had a contentious exchange with fellow candidate Joe Biden during a primary debate. Harris is an excellent performer of politics and is yet to face vice president Mike Pence in a vice-presidential debate which is on October 7.