Kamala Devi Harris creates history as she takes oath as Vice President of USA

Kamala Devi Harris creates history as she takes oath as Vice President of USA
BI India
  • Kamala Devi Harris is the first woman, first African-American and first Indian-American to become the Vice President of the US.
  • Harris was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina woman.
  • At 56, she also holds the possibility of running for office for the next term.
Kamala Devi Harris on Wednesday created history by becoming the first woman, first Black and first South Asian to become the Vice President of the US.

Harris was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina woman to sit in the nation's apex court, shortly before Joe Biden was to be sworn-in as the US President.

Kamala Devi Harris – a Black American, Asian American and a woman, will take her destined chair in the second highest office of the United States of America. It is yet another feather in the cap for Harris, who has lived up to America’s favourite cliches for Asian immigrant families: from being a top student to an overachiever every step of the way in her three-decade long career.

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Having studied in the US, from Howard University and then UC Hastings College of the Law, Harris has been shattering glass ceilings from the get go. She was San Francisco's first female district attorney and also went on to become California's first woman of color to be elected attorney general.

Born to immigrant parents – an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father, Harris was born in Oakland, California. Even though she kept her roots in India alive and has visited the country several times, Harris’s cancer researcher and activist mother Shyamala Gopalan had adopted Oakland's black culture.

In her memoir ‘The Truths We Had’, Harris has referred to her journey as the ‘American dream’. “a place where people believed in the most basic tenet of the American Dream: that if you worked hard and do right by the world, your kids will be better of than you were,” she wrote about the place she grew up in.

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With inputs from IANS

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