‘My Mother Came From India..’, Vice President Kamala Harris Recalls Her Indian Roots

Even as Joe Biden is celebrating becoming the 46th President of the United States, the entire country of America is celebrating Kamala Harris who became the first female Vice President of the country.

Kamala Harris not only became the first woman to hold the office of Vice President, but she also became the first woman of color and the first Indian American and first Asian American to hold the esteemed post. In her first remarks after the announcement of the victory, Kamala Harris said,


“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last – because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”

Indian Roots Of Kamala Harris


Her win was celebrated in a small village in the state of Tamil Nadu from where her family hails from. People have been creating rangolis to congratulate the new Vice President of America. Harris’ grandfather PV Gopalan had served as an Indian civil servant and also held many significant posts. Kamala Harris’ mother Shyamala Gopalan was a biomedical scientist whose notable work has been in isolating and characterizing the progesterone receptor gene. At the age of 19, she applied to a master’s program at the University of California and was accepted. In her speech, Harris said,

“When she came here from India at the age of 19. She may not have quite imagined this moment. But she believed so deeply in America, where a moment like this is possible. And so I’m thinking about her. My mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris, was the greatest source of inspiration in my life. She taught my sister Maya and me the importance of hard work and to believe in our power to right what is wrong. There’s no one I’d rather honor this first day of Women’s History Month.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her on the victory through the online platform Twitter.