New book by Indian journalist from US on Kamala Harris’s ‘unprecedented’ rise

(Lalit K Jha)

Washington, Oct 24 (PTI) A Washington-based Indian journalist and author has shared some of her unseen facts in a new book describing Kamala Harris’s “unprecedented” rise to become the first woman vice president and in the process, breaking many taboos. tried to uncover.

For example Harris’ full name is Kamala Devi Harris and how did ‘Devi’ come in the middle of her name because when she was born she had the surname “Iyer” attached to her birth certificate. Writer Chidananda Rajaghatta reveals similar interesting facts in his book Kamala Harris: Phenomenal Woman. This book will come to the public at the end of this month.

The author writes that when Kamala was young, Harris’s parents and close friends at the University of California were Lord Meghnad Desai, Amartya Sen and Ajit Singh, economists and contemporaries of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Harris (57) was born on 20 October 1964 in Oakland, California. His mother Shyamala Gopalan was from a traditional Tamil Brahmin family. She immigrated from India to the US in 1958 at the age of 19 to study nutrition and endocrinology at the University of California. It was here that he met Harris’ father, Donald Harris, an African-American from British Jamaica.

In a book published by HarperCollins India, Rajghatta writes that when Harris was young, Donald studied under a fellowship at the Delhi School of Economics.

The book begins with an introduction to Harris’ mother. The writer’s father came to America around the same time as Shyamala Gopalan. Rajghatta’s father studied agriculture and dairy science in the state of Kansas. The author said that the story was so interesting that it became a long story telling Harris’s growing up, his life and career.

Rajghatta said, “It’s a biography of sorts, but in a broader sense, it explores the history of the Indo-American community (including me as one of the mixed-race children) and India’s relationship with black Americans, including Including exchanges between black activists such as George Washington Carver, Booker Washington, and Webb Dubois and Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi’s associates Madeleine Slade (Mirabai) and Charlie Andrews delivered lectures at Howard, which influenced generations of civil rights activists prior to Martin Luther King Jr.

The over 300-page book also explores the suffrage movement and the barriers faced by women’s political representation and dominance. Rajaghatta writes in the book, “Cooking for Kamala is both therapy and art.”

He writes, “No matter how we interpret Kamala’s association with the culinary arts, her rise has brought some of India’s best-loved foods to the historical political landscape and oral culture. Is. Some of these, like idli and dosa and bhindi are cooked in two ways which have been memories of Kamala’s childhood.

The author, foreign editor and head of the US bureau for The Times of India newspaper, writes in the book, “All evidence suggests that Kamala will be the most influential and powerful leader in American history.”


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