Harris choice as democrats VP discomforts Indian-Americans
The choice of Kamala Harris as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate has evoked mixed reactions from the influential Indian-Americans, with a majority of them expressing unfavorable opinions about the Indian-American senator’s track record and her stance towards India and the community.
Recall that Joe Biden, the democratic presidential candidate made history on Wednesday when he chose 55-year-old Harris, an Indian-American and an African-American, as his running mate in the election on November 3.
She was born of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, California Senator Harris, if elected, would be the first woman vice president ever for the country.
Despite the fact that many across the globe are happy with her selection, it has also generated mixed reactions from about 3.9 million Indian-Americans, both Republicans and indecisive voters, who believe she lacks understanding of what she stands for and does not consider herself as a woman of Indian origin.
After talking to various Indian-American groups, they all seem proud but have doubts at large on her handling of various critical issues towards the community and India.
According to Radha Dixit, the founding member of Indo-American Conservatives of Texas, “The Democratic Party’s reliance on ”Identity politics” has undermined her campaign because the focus has shifted to her being Indian, Asian, Jamaican, African-American and a woman of colour. Divisions in these communities are now coming to surface. Nowhere did Kamala try to claim her Hindu or Indian heritage but people are thrusting their values on her”.
“If the Democratic Party platform and Kamala Harris”s position on policy issues are the basis for deciding this election as it should be, no conservatives, men or women, will support this ticket,” Dixit said.
Padma Shri awardee Subhash Kak, Regents Professor Emeritus at the prestigious Oklahoma State University is pleased with Harris” selection but is not happy with her political affiliation.
“But I’m disappointed with her political positions that are not India-friendly and are far to the left on the political spectrum. In this, she appears to be consistent with Joe Biden who has adopted an agenda that does not acknowledge the need for a special relationship between the United States and India,” Kak said.
Aditya Satsangi, founder Americans4Hindus, a SuperPAC organisation that represents the interests of Hindus, strongly believes that Harris is a major deception planned by the Democrats to divide the Indian-American votes.
“She has always claimed to be of African descent rather than Indian and her record as an attorney in California is highly questionable. She has in fact promoted corruption in California,” Satsangi said.
Founder of the ”Living Planet Foundation” Kusum Vyas considers Harris” nomination as refreshing but questions her track record.
“She has solid credentials, but do we need to support a person who is a known critic of India’s Kashmir policy and has a strong leaning towards Pakistan. She has recommended abolishing the legal immigration process and supports illegal immigration which hurts people from countries like India, who come here legally,” Vyas said.
“Harris is a supporter of the anti-India, anti-Hindu brigade, who calls herself Black, hates Indian side of her family, never recognised herself as an Indian,” said Radhika Sud from Atlanta.
She is unaware of the atrocities of Kashmiri Hindus and has aligned with Pakistan. Indian-Americans won’t vote for pro-Pak, pro-China Harris, just because her mother happens to be an Indian, she said.