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Wish she was here: US Democratic VP candidate Kamala Harris remembers her mother


“My mother always used to say, “Don’t just sit around and complain about things. Do something.” I dearly wish she were here with us this week,” Kamala Harris said in her tweet.

US Democratic VP candidate Kamala Harris remembers her mother (Images: Twitter (L) | AP (R))

US Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Thursday dedicated a special tweet in the memory of her mother Shyamala Gopalan.

“My mother always used to say, “Don’t just sit around and complain about things. Do something.” I dearly wish she were here with us this week,” Kamala Harris said in her tweet.

Daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, Kamala Harris is the running mate of former US Vice-President Joe Biden in the upcoming US Presidential Elections. Her mother Shyamala Gopalan, a cancer researcher and civil rights activist, had moved to the United States from Chennai when she was 19 to pursue further education.

Kamala Harris was very close to her mother and was brought up surrounded by Indian culture. She and her sister Maya Harris have been to India to visit their maternal family in Chennai a few times. They had also visited India to immerse their mother’s ashes in Bay of Bengal in 2009.

Speaking to India Today TV, Kamala Harris’s uncle Dr G Balachandran had on Wednesday said that Shyamala Gopalan was a great motivator for the Harris sisters. “Shyamala won the President’s medal for Carnatic music. She was a very good singer and used to sing in Indian functions. Both the daughters grew up surrounded by a lot of Indian culture and cultural influences. Shyamala was a great motivator,” Dr Balachandran said.


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