Kamala Harris, daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, elected nation’s first female vice president

President-elect bends down to congratulate Kamala Harris’s daughter at the victory celebrations

By Reena Koak

Kamala Harris makes history as first woman of colour elected as US vice-president. Kamala Harris has become vice-president-elect of the US, the first time in history that a woman, a woman of colour, has been elected to such a position in the White House. Kamala Harris, a California senator who is of Indian and Jamaican heritage, will also be the first woman of mixed race to serve as vice-president.

Kamala Harris with mum Shyamala

It is a matter of great pride for the Indian community worldwide that Kamala Harris, a daughter of Indian immigrant mother, has spent her life fighting injustice. It’s a passion that was first inspired by her mother, Shyamala, an Indian-American immigrant, activist, and breast cancer researcher. Kamala Harris accepted her place in history on Saturday night with a speech honouring the women of whom she said “have paved the way for this moment tonight”, when the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants stood before the nation as the Vice-President-Elect of the United States.

America has chosen Democrat Joe Biden as its 46th president of United States on Saturday, promising to restore political normalcy and a spirit of national unity to confront raging health and economic crises, and making Donald J. Trump a one-term president after four years of tumult in the White House.

The result also provided a history-making moment for Mr. Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California, who has become the first woman to serve as Vice President.

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