Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOn The Money: Trump’s controversial Fed nominee stalled | Economists warn of lag time between vaccine and recovery | Business group calls for national mask mandate, COVID-19 relief Biden, Harris briefed by national security experts amid transition obstacles Graham becomes center of Georgia storm MORE, the first person of Indian descent elected to the position, as a source of “great pride and inspiration.”
“I … conveyed warm congratulations for VP-elect @KamalaHarris,” Modi tweeted Tuesday. “Her success is a matter of great pride and inspiration for members of the vibrant Indian-American community, who are a tremendous source of strength for Indo-US relations.”
I also conveyed warm congratulations for VP-elect @KamalaHarris. Her success is a matter of great pride and inspiration for members of the vibrant Indian-American community, who are a tremendous source of strength for Indo-US relations.
Modi was one of several world leaders to congratulate President-elect Joe BidenJoe Biden46 percent of voters say Trump should concede immediately: poll Michigan county reverses course, votes unanimously to certify election results GOP senator: Trump shouldn’t fire top cybersecurity official MORE last week, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronIndia’s prime minister says Kamala Harris’s ‘success is a matter of great pride and inspiration’ Macron says English-language media legitimizing violence in France amid Muslim protests France appears to have ‘passed the peak’ of second surge, health minister says MORE, Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauIndia’s prime minister says Kamala Harris’s ‘success is a matter of great pride and inspiration’ China congratulates Biden, Harris on election win Macron touts Biden victory: Chance to ‘make our planet great again’ MORE, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Harris’s late mother, biomedical scientist Shyamala Gopalan, was born in what is now the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. A village in the state erected banners hailing Harris’s selection in August as Biden’s running mate. A survey released in October also indicated about 72 percent of Indian Americans supported the ticket.
Foreign policy analysts told Al Jazeera last week that the Biden administration is more likely than Trump to raise concerns about human rights in Modi’s India. Violence against the nation’s Muslim minority has increased under Modi, a leading figure in the Hindu nationalist movement. His party last year passed citizenship legislation widely panned as making Muslims second-class citizens.
“These measures are inconsistent with the country’s long tradition of secularism and with sustaining a multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy,” the Biden campaign said in a policy paper of the Indian law.