Indian-American presidential candidate Kamala Harris launches South Asians For The People


Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris, D-California, announced the launch of South Asians For The People, a wing of her presidential campaign devoted to raising the support of Americans with that ancestry and ethnic background.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Kamala Harris listen during the 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

In a Facebook post entitled “Join South Asians For The People” Harris has uploaded extensive home videos from time spent in India with her extended family members.

“When I was a young girl visiting my grandparents in India, I’d join my grandfather and his buddies on their morning walk along the beach as they would talk about the importance of fighting for democracy and civil rights. Those walks made me who I am today, and that’s why I’m so proud to launch our South Asians For The People community,” Harris says.

The sepia images of her grandfather, with a red rose on his lapel, snippets from India’s freedom marches, and even her being introduced at the non-governmental organization Pratham at its gala last year.

As the first Senator of Indian heritage, Harris has consistently spoken more about her Indian-American mother who was a physicians and cancer researcher and raised her and sister Maya, and far less about her Jamaican-American father.

Senator Kamala Harris gives a thumbs down as she speaks during the 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Yet, Indian-Americans have yet to rally in significant numbers behind her presidential campaign. According to some news reports, former Vice President Joe Biden appears to be favored among Indian-Americans.

A click on the link provided on Harris’ Facebook site, takes one to the signup page for the group. Once signed up after providing a zip code and phone number, which are necessary to proceed, one gets to the page giving guidelines on how to reach out to your neighbors and communities and the various ways to spread the word including hosting an event, building a team etc.

Other ‘Community Teams’ already in existence include AAPIs For The People, African Americans For The People, Americans With Disabilities For The People, and Latinos, LGBTQ+, Young Leaders, to name some of them.

Meanwhile, in the third Democratic presidential debate held Sept. 12, Harris was not among the top performers, and faced tough questions about her record as the first woman Attorney General of California as well as in law enforcement offices she held before that.



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