Kamala Devi Harris, Biden’s Tamil Candidate

Joe Biden has, unsurprisingly, selected Senator Kamala Devi Harris (D-CA) as his vice-presidential running mate. The consensus among the commentariat is that, as a “person of color,” Ms. Harris will solidify the Biden campaign’s standing with Black voters, whom the former Vice President has repeatedly suggested are his by some kind of divine right anyway.

Kamala Harris, top left, with her Indian family

To understand what Senator Harris actually brings to the campaign, there is a better way of looking at it. According to Wikipedia, “kamala” is a Sanskrit word for “lotus” and an alternative name for the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi. “Devi” is Sanskrit for “goddess” and the name of another Hindu deity. Ms. Harris was thusly named by her mother, the late Shyamala Gopalan, a native of Tamil Nadu, India. Her father, Donald Harris, was born in Jamaica and has Tamil forebears also, as well as some African.

So the Tamil/Indian connections are strong in Harris’s background, and they have figured prominently in her political career, in particular regarding the high-tech sector to which she is beholden. The Senator was one of the original authors of Mike Lee’s S.386 bill, which will, if ever passed and signed, pave the way for up to 600,000 Indian workers and family members to obtain work permits leading to U.S. citizenship.

“She’s a sponsor of S.386 — that should tell you something right there,” said Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies. Interviewed by Breitbart’s Neil Munro for an August 11 piece, Vaughan summarized, “Kamala Harris is [Silicon Valley’s] candidate.”

Others agree. Kevin Lynn, founder of U.S. Tech Workers, said, “We know where Kamala Harris’ allegiance lies. It’s with big tech in Silicon Valley, it isn’t with the shop owners in San Francisco.”

In a 2019 article in City Journal titled “Candidate of Big Tech: Kamala Harris is Silicon Valley’s dream of political control,” Joel Kotkin wrote:

Harris is also the favored candidate of the tech and media oligarchy now almost uniformly aligned with the Democratic Party. Given the media’s obsession with style, race, and gender, we would do well to understand what agenda lurks behind Harris’s atmospherics. The reality: if she wins, the tech oligarchy—titans of today’s Gilded Age—will have achieved commanding influence, not just in the information business and the media, but in the White House as well.

Kotkin points out that Harris’s husband, attorney Doug Emhoff, formerly represented clients such as Microsoft, Apple, Verizon, and high-tech trade associations. Harris is a lawyer herself and is in fact a former California attorney general, where, Kotkin says, “She did little to prevent the agglomeration of economic power that has increasingly turned California into a semi-feudal state dominated by a handful of large tech firms.”

Note that, in addition to the approximately 300,000 Indian guest workers in this country, an increasing number of CEO and top-level management positions in America’s high-tech companies are held by persons of Indian descent, for example: Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri, and IBM CEO Arvind Krishna. Think of Kamala Harris as just one more: if elected, she will become a sort of “President-in-waiting,” carefully watching a frail and failing Joe Biden and preparing to step in, 25th Amendment-style, should the need arise.

The Harris pick was predictably greeted with enthusiasm by Indians and Indian groups in America:

  • M R Rangaswami, the founder of Indiaspora, said: “What an electric moment for the Indian-American community! Indian-Americans are now truly a mainstream community in the national fabric.”
  • The director of IMPACT, a leading Indian-American advocacy group, said, “Kamala Harris’s story is the story of a changing, inclusive America. The daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, Kamala Harris represents the future and promise of this country.”
  • Ajay Jain Bhutoria, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, said, “Joe Biden . . . is confident that Harris will be the best partner for him to finally get the country back on track.”

Make no mistake. While Kamala Harris is fond of claiming Black roots, her real roots go straight back to the Subcontinent. Joe Biden, her running mate, has been called a “Manchurian Candidate,” due to his close ties with China. By selecting Kamala Devi Harris as his partner, he has made her the Tamil Candidate.

Only in America.

For more, see Breitbart News.

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