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Kamala D. Harris


This story begins with a young Tamilian lady from Chennai, India, Miss. Shyamala Gopalan who had decided to move to the United States for pursuing higher studies in the field of medical science. The dream of a decent career and beautiful life must have provoked the idea to move to the US, but she didn’t know what destiny had in store for her. In the year 1960, Shyamala Gopalan migrated to the United States to study at the University of California, Berkeley, from where she achieved a successful career as a breast cancer specialist in California. She achieved a decent career trajectory for herself and later met a Jamaican American, Donald Harris, who was then leading the economics department at Stanford University. They both shared feelings for each other and over a long courtship, decided to get married. The blend of two cultures in a third-party nation gave birth to Kamala and Maya, the two angels of Shyamala and Donald Harris. The marriage wasn’t meant to be and they divorced when Kamala was a toddler.

The Indian culture has its own flavour of managing relationships, even after a parting of the ways, and Shyamala is a good example of this, as she never married again after the divorce and took care of her daughters alone. It was amid Civil Rights conflict that she raised her daughters embracing their Indian-African-American heritage. Both the girls were trained to respect all cultures coming from such a rich and diverse confluence of intersecting beliefs. Kamala, from the initial years of her childhood was trained to nurture the beauty of diversified cultures.

Kamala’s childhood must have been a struggle for her, especially being a daughter of a single mother amidst racial riots, but these situations were polishing her for the future. She earned her under-graduate degree from Howard University and went to the US Hastings College of Law at the University of California to pursue law. Kamala turned out to be one of the best lawyers in California and rose quickly through the ranks. On January 5, 2011 she acquired the position of 32nd Attorney General of California, which is a position of great responsibility. In the year 2015, she made an announcement that she would be contesting for the US Senate election in 2016, seeking the position which was to be vacated by Barbara Boxer. On Super Tuesday when the whole world was waiting for the results of the US Presidential elections between Clinton and Trump, Kamala was waiting for the results of the US Senate elections from California. The world is still waiting for the first lady President for the United Stated of the America as Hillary Clinton’s defeat  to Donald Trump pushed the man into the role of the 45th President of the United States.

Kamala D. Harris is now California’s new Democratic Senator elect, who is the first 2nd generation Senator with African-Asian origin, and also the first Tamilian NRI who has scaled this. Kamala is not going to halt here as her ambitions are higher. She is a strong candidate for the next US Presidential elections and a hope of the world who could fight against Trump’s anti-immigration policies. She is the hope of millions of immigrants, as she could safeguard their peaceful stay in the US.  Kamala just after her victory as a US Senator-elect announced a protest against anti immigration policies of Trump and stated that, “it is the very nature of this fight for civil rights and justice and equality that whatever gains we make, they will not be permanent. So we must be vigilant. Do not despair. Do not be overwhelmed. Do not throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves and fight for who we are.” She mentioned that she will be doing everything in her power to protect immigrants and criticized Donal Trump’s  demands for ‘mass deportations and a giant border wall’ as completely unrealistic.

The most discussed topic in the US media currently is who is the contender with the capacity to defeat Trump in 2020 Presidential elections. In the top ten names suggested by an English daily, The Independent, the name most thrown around is Kamala Harris. It does not look like only talk about Kamala’s contendership for 2020 elections, since there are others including, , who ask, "Is Kamala Harris the next Barack Obama?”.  A US online news website The Washington Post talks highly about Kamala saying that she is young, dynamic, multi-racial  and is the next female Obama. 

The President of the United States, holds the most powerful position in the world. Nobody has ever thought that the daughter of a single Indian mother could be the future leader of the free world. Shyamala, while moving to the United States would have never thought that her daughter would have the stamina and fortitude to reach this highest of stratas and be in contention for the position of the President of the United States.