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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 04:54 PM

Biden's VP pick: Why Kamala Harris embraces her biracial roots

About Senator Harris' Indian heritage......

Biden's VP pick: Why Kamala Harris embraces her biracial roots
Soutik Biswas, India correspondent
BBC World News

Read it here: https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-53745141

"My name is pronounced "Comma-la", like the punctuation mark," Kamala Harris writes in her 2018 autobiography, The Truths We Hold. The California senator, daughter of an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father, then explains the meaning of her Indian name. "It means 'lotus flower', which is a symbol of significance in Indian culture. A lotus grows underwater, its flowers rising above the surface while the roots are planted firmly in the river bottom."

It is clear that her late mother was a big inspiration for Ms Harris. Gopalan was born in the southern Indian city of Chennai, the oldest of four children.
US Democratic Party activists like Shekar Narasimhan say her candidacy would be "seismic" for the Indian-American community. "She's a woman, she biracial, she will help win the election for Biden, she appeals to various communities and she's really smart."

"Why should Indian-Americans not be proud of her? It's a signal that we are coming of age."

This is a great article with lots of personal stories. Enjoy!

I'm nicknaming our wonderful pair KamalaJoe. (ladies first)

Now, I must train myself to properly pronounce her first name!


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