Kamala To Contest U.S. Poll
Eastern Panorama|September 2020
First black & Indian American Woman to contest on Democratic Ticket
K.V. Venugopal

The Indian people all over the world, especially from Tamil Nadu were delighted when the U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the first black and Indian American woman was chosen to be the running mate of Democratic candidate for the Presidency, Joe Biden. Incidentally, Kamala was born in 1964, to Shyamala Gopalan, a cancer research analyst from Chennai, and Donald Harris, an economics professor from Jamaica. She rose to greater heights as a District Attorney of San Francisco in 2004 and seven years later became the first female Attorney General of California. She was also acclaimed as a progressive prosecutor and played a pivotal role in bringing down the record of the death penalty in the criminal system. Kamala did not bother when a section of critics blamed her for her pro-establishment stance while initiating stringent action against the notorious criminals during her tenure as Attorney General. Allaying fears that a Democrat Party President would be detrimental to India’s prospects, the duo unveiled a foreign policy brief that appears to tally with the interest of the Indian government led by Narendra Modi.

The Biden-Harris combine not only boasted their connection with India’s age-old traditions, but the septuagenarian also reminded India about the important role played by him in clearing the decks for the Indo-US nuclear deal during the tenure of Manmohan Singh government.

Ms Harris also reminded the Non-Resident Indians about her Indian heritage, as to how she used to roam around with her maternal grandfather Gopalan in the beach adjacent to his Beasant Nagar residence in Chennai during her childhood and adolescent days and asked her mother to break a coconut at their residence after she was chosen by Biden as his vice-presidential candidate, out of three candidates for the U.S. presidential election, slated for November this year. Like any other politician contesting the poll, Kamala assured a zero-tolerance approach towards terrorism, including cross-border violence, by indirecting reminding Pakistan premier Imran Khan about his country’s time-bound commitment towards India. The Biden-Harris team has also promised to support India on burning issues ranging from Indo-Pacific to China’s belligerence on LAC in the border areas.

It is crystal clear, say some experts on international politics, that the Democrats are hastened to present an alternative route to the incumbent president by claiming that they would be in a better position to ensure that China does not display its big-brother attitude towards India. The Biden-Harris combine also promised that, if elected, their government would make India as a superpower in the Asian continent, if not in Europe or South America. China’s hegemonic tendency compels India and the U.S. to come closer today.

Bearing this in mind, the Democrats assured a stable and amiable India-US relationship, compared to Trump’s eccentric, transactional and unilteral approach. The experts also aver that alliances cannot be forged by India based on the past relationship with the Democrat governments in the U.S., as the mutual reciprocal is the need of an hour.

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