In Thulasendrapuram, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where Kamala Harris’ grandfather, PV Gopalan, a former high-ranking official, was born, locals fired fireworks, prayed in the village’s main temple and displayed portraits of the first woman to has access to the United States Vice Presidency.

“It is a source of pride for all our women,” a village resident told AFP.

Kamala Harris paid tribute on Saturday to his mother Shyamala Gopalan, a biomedical researcher born in the southern Indian city of Chennai and settled in the United States at the age of 19. “He strongly believed in an America where such a moment is possible“, Said the elected vice president in front of his supporters. “So I think of her and the generations of women – women of color, Asians, Latin Americans, Native Americans – who throughout our history have paved the way for this moment,” added Kamala Harris, whose name in Sanskrit means “lotus flower”.

The Indian press welcomes the result of the US elections AFP PHOTOS

Unchiul indian al Kamalei Harris, Balachandran Gopalan, a 79-year-old university professor, believes his sister would have been proud of Kamala if she were alive. He says he will go to the United States to attend his niece’s inauguration in January. In his view, Kamala Harris’ journey may be a source of inspiration for other Indian immigrants in the United States.

In New Delhi, many congratulate Kamala Harris on her Indian origins.

According to Yash Iyer, a 25-year-old man, “it is a time of pride” for India.

Smitashree Mishra, a health worker, sees it as a ray of hope in an archaic society. race and ethnicity “, says the woman.

On Sunday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Joe Biden on his election to the White House, reminding him that his vice president is a source of “immense pride.”