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Inside Kamala Harris’ Relationship With An Indian-American Community Eager To Claim Her

By Katie Glueck
McClatchy Washington Bureau

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Kamala Harris is the daughter of Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who was born in India, and Donald Harris, born in Jamaica.

WASHINGTON

Indian-American publications write about her regularly. Her first name means “lotus” in Sanskrit. She takes pride in grinding her own Indian spices. And she has been known to reference slogans that were used by Indian independence fighters like her grandfather.

If Kamala Devi Harris runs for president, the Democratic senator is poised to be championed by Indian-Americans, a constituency with significant representation in the donor community, growing numbers of political activists and candidates, and a sizable presence in states that will play key roles in the Democratic primary, from California to Texas.

“She will change the game if she runs for president,” said Anurag Varma, a Democratic donor who frequently supports Indian-American candidates and “absolutely” would back Harris. “She will create a new game if she becomes president.”

Harris, of California, is the daughter of Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who was born in India, and Donald Harris, born in Jamaica.

The senator identifies as both African-American and South Asian-American, according to her Senate website, which notes that she is the country’s first South Asian-American senator, a background that opens doors with a diverse set of voters.

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