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Kamala Harris credits mother Shyamala Gopalan for success

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US Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris has given the credit for her success to her mother Shyamala Gopalan. She said her mother had prepared her for this day.

Following the victory of the Democrats in the US presidential elections, Kamala Harris in her speech in Delaware said: “And to the woman most responsible for my presence here today — my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who is always in our hearts.”

Kamala, the first-ever woman vice president-elect of the United States, said: “When she came here from India at the age of 19, maybe she didn’t quite imagine this moment. But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible. So, I’m thinking about her and about all the previous generations of women — Black Women.”

Harris further added that while she may be the first woman to occupy the vice president’s office, she would not be the last. She will also be the first-ever Indian-origin vice president, first-ever black and first-ever African-American vice president of the US.

Harris was born to immigrant parents—a Black father and an Indian mother. Her father, Donald Harris, was from Jamaica, and her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, a cancer researcher and civil rights activist was from Chennai.

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Harris on Saturday said that Americans have assured the beginning of a new dawn for the US by electing Joe Biden as their president. Now that the people of the country have given their mandate for the next four years, the real work begins, Harris said.

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“No matter who you voted for, I will strive to be the Vice President that Joe was to (former) president (Barack) Obama— loyal, honest and prepared, waking up every day thinking of you and your families. Because now is when the real work begins. You assured a new day for America,” Harris said in a powerful and emotional speech.

In her speech, she also thanked Asian, White, Latina and Native American women throughout America’s history who paved the way for this moment. Reflecting on their struggle, determination and the strength of their vision — to see what can be unburdened by what has been, Harris said that she stands by them.

“And what a testament it is to Joe’s character that he had the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exist in our country and select a woman as his Vice President. Every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities. And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before, and we will applaud you every step of the way,” Harris said.

 

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