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US elections 2020

Kamala Harris brings Indian lessons in democracy to Biden ticket

Grandfather and mother of VP pick prepared her to navigate US racial politics

Kamala Harris' own presidential campaign fizzled, but she is now the first woman of color on a major party's ticket.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Kamala Harris is lending her prosecutor's instincts to the U.S. Democratic Party's battle against President Donald Trump, as Joe Biden's running mate. She also brings lessons learned during walks on the beaches of India with her maternal grandfather, and from her Indian-born mother's experience as a newcomer to America.

Coupled with her Black roots from her Jamaican-born father, some analysts say Harris' multiethnic background makes her uniquely positioned to connect with both African American and Asian American voters at a moment of intense anger over racial injustice.

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