While the country of America and several in other countries celebrated the election of Kamala Harris as the first woman to the office of Vice President, an entire village in India celebrated too.
Thulasendrapuram in Tiruvarur district of the state of Tamil Nadu seemed like celebrating Deepavali a tad bit early as Kamala Harris who has origins there went onto make history in the first world country of America. A festive atmosphere engulfed the entire village as residents of Thulasendrapuram burst firecrackers and distributed sweet dishes to each other. Also present were a lot of portraits of Kamala Harris as people signed the victory symbols unable to contain their excitement.
Reportedly, the villagers woke up early and drew rangolis in front of their homes calling the victory for Harris. They wrote – Congratulations Kamala Harris the Pride of Our Village. SV Ramanan, the dharmakartha of the local Sri Dharma Sastha Temple said,
“The residents went euphoric over the victory of Ms. Kamala and the celebrations at the village were spontaneous.”
Kamala Harris’ Indian Roots
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.”
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.