Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the daughter of an Indian immigrant mom and a Jamaican American father, grew to become America’s first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president-elect on Saturday.
Her uncle, Gopalan Balachandran, lives in New Delhi. He spoke with CNN’s Vedika Sud about his niece’s win:
The wait is lastly over. Kamala Harris is now vice president-elect. Your response?
I anticipated it. I informed Kamala two days in the past that they have been going to win. We spoke for 10-15 minutes. The solely distinction this time was, there was pressure concerned … She might be a tremendous VP. She has her values, she’ll stick with it.
Saturday was a historic day for Kamala Harris. Your ideas.
Let me be sincere, I feel she goes to be one in all the most lively VP’s in US historical past. Right now the issues are so many civil rights: Black Lives Matter, coronavirus, the financial system and so many issues … Biden is a really accountable man, so I feel he’ll offload numerous these on Kamala’s shoulders, and she or he’ll be blissful to do it. I feel she’s going to very busy in the coming months in Washington.
Will you be flying down for Harris’ oath-taking ceremony?
Oh yeah! I might be going to Washington for her swearing-in. I used to be there when she was sworn-in as a senator. The entire household was there. I met Vice President Biden then. This time I hope to fulfill President Biden.
How a lot of an affect was your sister (Harris’ mom) Shyamala in Harris’ life?
Both Kamala and (her sister) Maya are like Shyamala, Kamala extra so. She was an important affect, there isn’t any doubt about it. She was the biggest affect.