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Kamala Harris meeting Modi is ‘coming of age’ moment for Indian diaspora, says her home state newspaper

US Vice President Kamala Harris assembly Prime Minister Narendra Modi within the White Home on Thursday afternoon is a “coming of age” second for the Indian diaspora, a distinguished US newspaper in her residence state has stated on the eve of the historic assembly between the 2 leaders.

Harris, 56, is the first-ever Indian American to be elected because the vp of america.

Harris is scheduled to satisfy Modi on Thursday, making historical past because the highest-ranking Indian-American to welcome the chief of a rustic that’s changing into one in all America’s most vital allies, The Los Angeles Instances newspaper stated.

This may be her first assembly with Modi, 71, whose authorities has not solely championed the reason for the diaspora but in addition by no means been shy of talking about their curiosity globally. The prime minister himself actively engages with the diaspora in all his abroad journeys.

“It (Modi-Harris assembly) does signify a ‘coming of age’ second for the diaspora, which is now greater than four million robust,” Milan Vaishnav, director of the South Asia Programme on the Carnegie Endowment for Worldwide Peace, advised the California-based newspaper.

“The assembly between the leaders comes because the Biden administration strikes nearer to India and different Asian and Pacific nations, persevering with the Trump administration’s deal with responding to China’s rising energy by constructing America’s financial and navy ties within the area,” the every day reported.

Harris spoke to Modi over the cellphone on June 3. This may be their first-ever in-person assembly, for which an hour has been scheduled, sources stated.

In keeping with a White Home official, Harris through the assembly would reinforce the strategic partnership between america and India.

“This assembly will construct upon their June Three phone dialog addressing the COVID response. They plan to debate democracy, human rights, local weather, and international well being points,” the official had earlier advised PTI.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, a public coverage professor at UC Riverside who has been monitoring Indian American public opinion since 2008, advised The Los Angeles Instances that he believes the assembly will likely be watched carefully by Indian-People who comply with international coverage.

On the similar time, he famous that the assembly won’t get the identical degree of consideration within the US or India that was generated by Harris’ choice as Biden’s operating mate or her swearing-in; each produced a swell of satisfaction by Indians and Indian-People on Twitter and Fb.

Harris was born to 2 immigrant mother and father — a Black father and an Indian mom. Her father, Donald Harris, was from Jamaica, and her mom Shyamala Gopalan was a most cancers researcher and civil rights activist from Chennai.

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