The residents of Tamil Nadu’s Thulasendrapuram made a special ‘rangoli’ to show their support for Kamala Harris in the 2020 United States presidential election. Various villagers came together to make the ‘rangoli’ on Thursday. Senator Harris is the vice-presidential candidate for Democratic Party, fighting the election alongside presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Thulasendrapuram in Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu is the ancestral village of Kamala Harris, native to her mother Shyamala Gopalan and her family.
According to ANI one of the locals from the village said, “We believe that after winning US Elections 2020, she’ll come & meet us.”
Tamil Nadu: Residents of Thulasendrapuram, the native village of US Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in Tiruvarur district, make 'rangoli' to show their support for her.
— ANI (@ANI) November 5, 2020
As per the report, special prayers were also held at Thulasendrapuram village at the ancestral house of Harris’ diplomat maternal grandfather PV Gopalan. Many houses in the village had their television sets tuned into Tamil news channels, closely following the results for 2020 US election.
Earlier, the residents of Thulasendrapuram performed a special puja at Sri Dharma Sastha temple for Kamala Harris’ victory. They also put up flex boards with her pictures across the village.
Tamil Nadu: Posters showing support for US vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris put up in her native village Thulasendrapuram
— ANI (@ANI) November 3, 2020
The organisers of the special puja event also arranged the annadhanam (distribution of food) on the temple premises. Around 200 people participated in the event. J Sudakaran, one of the organisers of the event said that they prepared and served ‘sambar idli’ to people. Sudakaran also said that they hoped that Harris will become the vice president of the United States and will make the residents of Thulasendrapuram proud.
“In 2014, her mother Shyamala donated to the temple in the name of Kamala Harris so villagers knew of her,” added Sudakaran. V Senthilkumaran a native of the village also said, “We all want Kamala to win the election and we hope to get the results this week.”
The villagers of Thulasendrapuram have been conducting special pujas and erecting banners ever since Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate.
About Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris was born on October 20, 1964. Her mother Shyamla Gopalan was an immigrant to the US who worked as a breast cancer researcher. In 2003, she became the District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. She was sworn in as a United States Senator for California in 2017. She became the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American US senator in history
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Sagrika Giri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.