A Tamil Nadu village has put up hoardings and posters of US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at their shops and homes as today marks her inauguration day. “We’re all very excited that Kamala Harris will take oath as Vice-President of US, she inspires all the women in the village,” said a local from Harris’ maternal grandfather’s hometown of Thulasendrapuram, ANI reported.
Harris officially resigned from her Senate seat on Monday, two days before the inauguration, and will soon to become the first woman to be sworn in as Vice President of the US.
Additionally, she is also the first Black woman and first woman of South Asian descent to serve in the said post. She was the second Black woman US senator, winning the election from California 17 years after Democrat Carol Moseley Braun.
On Tuesday, Harris sent out a message of “unity” and “togetherness” to America saying that “Though we may be physically separated, we, the American people are united in spirit.” She posted a photo of herself with husband Doug Emhoff, accompanying US President-elect Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden in the backdrop of the Washington Monument in the US capital.
In celebration, American author, activist and model Padma Lakshmi too honoured Harris’s historic achievement by cooking one of her favourite South Indian dishes.
Lakshmi was born in Chennai and immigrated to the United States just like Harris’ mother, Shyamala Gopalan. The host of Emmy-award winning cooking show Top Chef, took to her Instagram and posted a recipe video saying that she is making Tamarind Rice “in honour of our new vice president, Kamala Harris.” She went on to say that this special “South Indian rice” happens to be Harris’ favourite “as well as mine.”
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