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Kamala Harris has made history by becoming the first woman, the first black person, and the first Indian-American to become US Vice President. she paid tribute to her Indian mother. 

Kamala Harris told the nation in her first address as vice-president-elect, “I’m grateful to the woman most responsible for my presence here today, my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris. When she came here from India at the age of 19, she maybe didn’t imagine this moment. But she believed so deeply in America where moment like this is possible,”. 

In Joe Biden’s home city of Wilmington, Delaware, the 57-year-old said to loud cheering at an outdoor rally, “I am thinking about her and generations of women, black women, Asian, White, Latina, Native American women who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight,”.

Kamala Harris is the daughter of an Indian immigrant and a Jamaican-born father. She is a Christian but also went to Hindu temples with her mother. 

When Joe Biden chose her as his running mate, Kamala Harris mentioned her Indian origin in her admissible speech and talked about her childhood trips to Tamil Nadu, which she supported with her “chittis” (aunt). 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned it on Twitter as a tribute to his “pathbreaking” success. he wrote on Twitter,  It is “a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans,”. 

As the world waited for the outcome of the US election, prayers were held at Thulasendrapuram village, the grandparents of Kamala Harris, near Chennai. Elections were finally called in India late Saturday night.  

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