Why should you vote for the Biden/Harris ticket this Nov. 3, 2020

By Naishadh Saraiya

To my undecided friends:

While there is an excitement over the selection of Kamala Harris as a VP candidate on the Democratic ticket, there are also some hushed comments about her views on law and order and whether she is pro India or not. There are also some who claim she is not proud of her heritage as part Indian that she is calling herself as black.

I recently listened to her narrative on her upbringing in Oakland and Berkeley; how Shyamala, her mother, would take her in a stroller to the protest marches and how she was trained to speak up for her rights. She talked about visiting Madras (now Chennai) and going for a walk with her grandfather, again talking about social justice and rights. She remembers growing up with her sister Maya and how they moved around after her parents were divorced.

She was very much in tune with what an immigrant goes through the system here to make a life and prosper. It is no different than what most of us who came to the US in the late fifties or early sixties have experienced. Unlike Bobby (Piyush) Jindal, Kamala does not hide her ethnicity or roots.