Countries pile in on Kamala Harris celebrations

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Countries pile in on Kamala Harris celebrations


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The California senator was born in the US to parents of Indian and Jamaican heritage

It is not just American Democrats celebrating the choice of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate, making her the first black woman and South Asian American to become a vice-presidential candidate.

People in India, Jamaica and Canada are also queuing up to heap praise on her.

The California senator was born in the US to parents of Indian and Jamaican heritage.

She also spent a good portion of her early life in Montreal, Canada.

The senator’s mother, Shyamala Gopalan, moved to the US from India to pursue a doctoral degree.

In India, Gopalan Balachandran, Ms Harris’s 80-year-old maternal uncle,told The Washington Posthe was “very, very happy” with the news.

His niece is “quick on her feet and a damn good debater”, he said, adding that she would not be fazed by the inevitable nastiness of the election.

She “doesn’t take things lying down”, he said.

Indian politicians have been congratulating Ms Harris.

The fact that someone of Indian origin could be “a proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency is thrilling”, wrote Shashi Tharoor, a politician with the opposition Congress Party.

Ram Madhav, a senior member of the governing BJP,also gave her the thumbs up.

The world of Bollywood has been congratulating Ms Harris, including Priyanka Chopra, who called the moment “transformational”.

The reaction has been similarly positive for many in Jamaica.

“As a woman with Jamaican roots, her elevation shows that as a country, Jamaica has devel

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