THULASENDRAPURAM, India (AP) – As news of the election of Kamala Harris wakes up as Joe Biden’s running mate, many people in his Indian grandfather’s hometown are setting off firecrackers, praying with his placards .
Groups gathered at the street corner of a small village in Thulendrapuram, populated 350, read newspapers and talked about the Democrats’ victory before going to the temple.
A woman wrote in color powder outside her house: “Congratulations to Kamala Harris. The pride of our village. Vanakkam (salutation) America. ”
Most of them slept by the time Biden tallied 270 electoral college votes, making Harris the first woman and first-person vice president of South Asian descent.
“For two or three days we crossed our fingers while the result was delayed,” said resident Kalidas Vamdair.
“Now it is a happy moment for us. I’m enjoying it. We will celebrate with firecrackers, distribute Indian sweets to the people and pray in the temple. We will request them to come here. She must have heard our voice and she can come. “
Food Minister of Tamil Nadu State R. Kamaraj led about 100 people to a 20-minute prayer at the Dharmasthala temple, during which the idol of the Hindu deity Iyer, a form of Lord Shiva, was washed with milk and ornamented with flowers by the priest. He sang hymns after lighting oil lamps, and the villagers bowed their heads in his honor.
“Kamala Harris is the daughter of our village. From children to senior citizens, each one of us looks forward to the day when he will be sworn in as the Vice President of the United States.
More singing, dancing and firecrackers are planned on Sunday in the village, where cutouts and posters wishing Harris “” grand success “adorn many walls.
J. organizing prayers on Election Day. Sudhakar expressed a wish that Harris be visited. As Americans voted, around 50 residents folded hands, rang the bell in the temple that resonated with the sound of the bell ringing, and a Hindu priest gave them sweets and flowers as religious offerings.
The women of the village, located 350 kilometers (215 mi) from the southern coastal city of Chennai, used bright colors to write “We Wish Kamala Harris Vince” on the ground with a thumb impression.
The lush village is the hometown of Harris’s maternal grandfather, who moved to Chennai, the state capital of Tamil Nadu decades ago.
Inside the temple where people have been performing special prayers, Harris’s name has been carved into a stone, which is part of the public donations made to the temple in 2014, as well as that of his grandfather, who gave money decades ago.
Harris’ late mother was also born in India, at the age of 19, before moving to the US to study at the University of California. He married a Jamaican, and they named their daughter Kamala, named “Lotus Flower”.
In a tweet, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi described Harris’ success as staggering, and a matter of great pride not only for his relatives but also for all Indian-Americans. “I am confident that your support and leadership will strengthen the vibrant India-US relationship.”
Regarding Biden’s choice of Harris as both sisters – and there is some concern.
Modi had invested in President Donald Trump, who visited India in February. Many Hindu nationalist supporters of Modi were also upset with Harris when he expressed concern about the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, which the state’s Indian government canceled in August last year.
Harris was stood by Pramila Jaipal, another US Congress president of Indian origin, when India’s foreign minister S Jaishankar refused to attend a meeting in the United States over his involvement last year. Jaipal had earlier passed a resolution in the House of Representatives on the important Kashmir issue of India.
Rights groups accuse India of human rights violations in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where rebel groups have been fighting a freedom or merger with neighboring Pakistan since 1989.
This story has been corrected to show that Harris’s maternal grandfather went to Chennai, not the US