Actresses Priyanka Chopra and Mindy Kaling — and many others — welcomed presidential nominee Joe Biden’s decision to pick Indian-origin California Senator Kamala Harris as the Vice Presidential candidate.
Biden named Harris as his Vice-Presidential running mate, making history by picking the first black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket.
Hailing Biden’s move, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra said, “This is a historical, transformational, and proud moment for all women.”
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) August 11, 2020
Highlighting the fact that Harris is the first black woman and first person of Indian descent to be on a US presidential ticket, Chopra said, “Representation matters. P.S. To my younger self — look how far we have come!”
“Was there ever more of an exciting day?” asked Indian-American actress Mindy Kaling on Twitter.
“For our entire country of course, but especially for my Black and Indian sisters, many of us who have gone our entire lives thinking that someone who looks like us may never hold high office?” she wrote, pointing to Harris’s mixed Black and South Asian heritage.
Maya Harris, Kamala’s sister, said, “That day when a little girl from Oaktown became the first black woman to be a major-party vice-presidential nominee…”
That day when a little girl from Oaktown became the first black woman to be a major-party vice-presidential nominee…
So incredibly proud of you, sis!
— Maya Harris (@mayaharris_) August 11, 2020
Leading Indian-American groups across the US have also lauded the selection of Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris as the Vice Presidential candidate.
“What an electric moment for the Indian-American community! Indian-Americans are now truly a mainstream community in the national fabric, MR Rangaswami, an eminent Indian-American and the founder of Indiaspora, told PTI.
“On a personal note, it’s great to have a woman on the ticket whose mother hails from my hometown of Chennai in India,” Rangaswami said.
Welcoming the decision, IMPACT, the leading Indian-American advocacy group, and PAC said that it will raise USD 10 million for the campaign.
“Kamala Harris’s story is the story of a changing, inclusive America. At a time of rapid change, she ties all our national threads together. The daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, Kamala Harris represents the future and promise of this country. Her candidacy is historic and inspiring, not only for Black Americans but for millions of Asian American voters, the fastest-growing voting bloc in the country,” IMPACT’s executive director Neil Makhija said.
“An estimated 1.3 million Indian-Americans are expected to vote in this year’s election, including nearly 200,000 in Pennsylvania and 125,000 in Michigan, both must-win battleground states. IMPACT is gearing up to raise USD 10 million to fight for inclusive democracy and candidates who share our values like Senator Harris,” Makhija said.
(With PTI inputs)