Kamala Harris is the Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee announced on Tuesday 11 August to join as running mate of Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for the US Presidential election due on Tuesday 3 November 2020.
Her mother is Hindu, her father, Jamaican, her husband, Jewish, and she calls herself a Baptist. It would be interesting to see how Kamala Harris relates to Muslim Americans on Kashmir, Palestine, and Human rights violations in India.
There is a good possibility that Zionist and Hindutva lobbyists, seeing that Trump may not win the election, will abandon him now and get closer to Biden-Harris team in order to influence their policies in their favour.
Kamala Harris’ mother is Shyamala Gopalan, an India born Tamil American cancer researcher and civil rights activist.
Donald Harris, her father, was a former economics professor at Standford and an immigrant from Jamaica.
Her Jewish husband is Douglas Emhoff, who she met on a blind date in San Francisco, arranged by friends. They married in 2014.
She was a volunteer for Israel. “So having grown up in the Bay Area, I fondly remember those Jewish national fund boxes that we would use to collect donations to plant trees for Israel,” she said at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in 2017. “Years later, when I visited Israel for the first time, I saw the fruits of that effort and the Israeli ingenuity that has truly made a desert bloom.”
Harris also co-sponsored a Senate resolution in 2017 that rebuked the Obama administration for allowing through a US Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s settlement policies.
Halie Soifer, Harris’s former national security adviser and current executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, said the following about Harris.
She “strongly aligns with the values of American Jews, including her support of the US-Israel relationship, her commitment to ensuring access to affordable healthcare and education, her intolerance for hatred and bigotry, and her unwavering efforts to protect our country’s most vulnerable communities.”
Although she has expressed her concern on India’s domestic issues like the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act, and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, her position on Modi and RSS is not very clear.
She has rebuked India for violating the rights of Kashmiris. Reflecting on the violations of human rights in Kashmir, she said in November 2019, “We have to remind the Kashmiris that they are not alone in the world. “We are keeping track on the situation. There is a need to intervene if the situation demands.”
Harris has advocated for strong ties between India and the US, but was also critical of the situation that emerged in Kashmir after the revocation of Article 370 last year.
“Kamala likes India but that doesn’t mean that she’ll give a ‘free pass’ to everything that the country does,” said Harris’ maternal uncle.
She also supported Indian congresswoman Jaipal when Hindutva supporters in the US attacked her for supporting the human rights violations in Kashmir. She rebuked India’s foreign minister, who refused to meet US delegation on Kashmir because of Jaipal’s presence there. She said: “It’s wrong for any foreign government to tell Congress what members are allowed in Capitol Hill meetings.”
The Indian Hindu community in US led by the RSS and Modi supporters believes that she would have a soft corner with Hindutva because of India’s growing relations with Israel and thousands of Indian IT workers, business people, and doctors.
RSS lobby groups in the US have raised millions to influence this election. There is a growing concern among the followers of Hindutva that Trump may not win the election.
The departure of Gabbard Tulsi from Congress means that they have to find a strong ally in the Democratic party. They view the relations of some pro-RSS doctors and people in business with Kamala Harris in California would most likely bring her closer to Modi and RSS.
Muslim groups have skepticism of her records on human rights. The Muslim Advocacy, a Muslim advocacy group, criticised her stand on the CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) program. They said that Senator Harris proposed reviving this harmful, unproven program at the US Department of Homeland Security and suggested that she could devote an astounding $100 million or more each year to fund it.
In 2016, speaking at an event she said, “I know how painful and violent these crimes can be. I know they are uniquely insidious in that they intend to strip its victim of dignity. So words matter.”
In her speech, she did not mention the Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Still, she denounced his remarks about Latino and Muslim judges possibly not being able to rule impartially in cases involving him because of his plans to build a US-Mexico border wall and a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US.
She later lamented Trump’s policy to deny entry into the US to people “based on whether they face east when they pray.”