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The rise of rise of ‘phenomenal’ Kamala Harris

 
sgtdjones 2021-10-24 19:25:39 

The rise of rise of ‘phenomenal’ Kamala Harris

A new book narrating the rise of “phenomenal” US Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman to occupy this position, and in the process shattering several glass ceilings, by a Washington DC-based Indian journalist and author throws some previously unknown facts about her.For instance, the middle name given to Harris, when she was born and which was mentioned in her birth certificate was “Iyer”—before it was changed to Devi, Chidanand Rajghatta writes in his book “Kamala Harris: Phenomenal Woman” that hits the stands later this month.The drawing room friends of the parents of Harris at the University of California, Berkeley, when she was a child were Lord Meghnad Desai, Amartya Sen and Ajit Singh, economists and contemporaries of former prime minister Manmohan Singh, writes the author.

Harris, 57, was born in Oakland, California on October 20, 1964. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, came from a traditional Tamil brahmin family. She immigrated to the US from India in 1958 at the age of 19 to study nutrition and endocrinology at the University of California. It’s there she met Harris’s father Donald Harris, an African-American from British Jamaica.In the book, published by Harper Collins India, Rajghatta writes that Donald spent time at the Delhi School of Economics on a fellowship when Harris was a toddler.The book begins as a profile of Harris’ mother, partly out of personal interest of Rajghatta, whose father came to the US around the same time as Shyamala Gopalan and studied agriculture and dairy science at Kansas State. The story was so fascinating that it expanded into a larger, longer narrative of Harris’ growing up years, life, and career, he says.

The book, which runs into more than 300 pages, also looks at the suffragette movement and the barriers and hurdles women face in political representation and ascendancy.“For Kamala, cooking is both therapy and art,” Rajghatta writes in the book, an advanced copy of which was provided to PTI.“No matter how we interpret Kamala’s involvement with food, her rise has inserted some of India’s most well-loved foods into the visual and oral culture of a historic political run. Some of these, like the idli and dosa, and okra cooked two ways, are throwbacks to Kamala’s childhood. Some others run parallel to the evolution of her eclectic palette,” the author, who is foreign editor and US bureau chief at The Times of India newspaper, writes in the book.


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Brerzerk 2021-10-24 20:49:55 

In reply to sgtdjones
Nice read for ten yrs. I lived two blocks from where her parents lived when she was a toddler and didn't know that was the house. I think her God-Mother still lives there. I don't live that close anymore.

 
velo 2021-10-24 21:02:54 

In reply to Brerzerkhmm so the jamaican side of her isn't worth mentioning i wonder why?

 
nickoutr 2021-10-26 04:47:04 

the cackling concubine .... heels up

 
nickoutr 2021-10-26 04:47:04 

the cackling concubine .... heels up

 
Alan 2021-10-26 20:36:34 

In reply to sgtdjones
What I find strange is she doesnt have any sort of relationship with her father who is still alive.We know her mom was from India and deceased.Dont dad and her get on ?

 
sgtdjones 2021-10-26 20:49:48 

In reply to Alan

I find how she ignores her father puzzling.....Its all about her mothers side of the family.

Could it be he was a dipstick like barry?

rolleyes

 
Brerzerk 2021-10-27 01:38:55 

In reply to velo
let him write his perspective, that side can never hide one way or the other.

 
Brerzerk 2021-10-27 01:49:49 

In reply to sgtdjones
No two strong and independent personalities. Notice she said she invited him to her high school graduation in Canada knowing the possibility that her Mom might never say a word to him. My belief is that the socially conservative West Indian man wasn't amused that his daughter dated a legally separated but not divorced man in his age group (Willie Brown) and that created tension

 
Alan 2021-10-27 03:14:54 

In reply to sgtdjones

lol lol lol lol