Kamala Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican roots on her mother’s and father’s side respectively, is the first woman of Indian and African descent to run for the post of the Vice President of the United States of America.
Like most other prominent leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties, she has advocated for stronger India-US ties.
With the Democratic Party criticizing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the situation in Kashmir and the communal violence in New Delhi, it is important to see vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ views on these issues.
Her maternal uncle Gopalan Balachandran said that Harris hasn’t let her Indian roots affect her criticism of India on human rights issues. Last year, Harris had said that the US was watching the situation in Kashmir.
She said(in context of human rights issues), “It is about reminding people that they are not alone, that we are all watching.”
Harris hasn’t been critical of India only for human rights. She has also criticized China’s handling of Uighur Muslims. About China, Harris had said “China’s abysmal human rights record must feature prominently in our policy toward the country. We can’t ignore China’s mass detention of more than a million Uighur Muslims in ‘re-education camps’ in the Xinjiang region, or its widespread abuse of surveillance for political and religious repression. We can’t ignore Beijing’s failure to respect the rights and autonomy of Hong Kong’s people and the Hong Kong government’s excessive use of force against peaceful protestors.”