PM Modi lauds US Vice President Kamala Harris, says ‘her achievements an inspiration…’

PM Modi praised US Vice President Kamala Harris for inspiring women not just in the US but across the world, including India, citing the journey of Harris' mother from India to the US.

Edited By Aman Gupta
Updated24 Jun 2023
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US vice president Kamala Harris raise a toast during a State Visit Luncheon in Washington.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US vice president Kamala Harris raise a toast during a State Visit Luncheon in Washington. (HT_PRINT)

PM Narendra Modi praised US Vice President Kamala Harris during his visit to the country, saying her achievements are an inspiration not only to women in the US but across the world, including India. The Prime Minister also traced the journey of Harris' mother, Dr Shyamala Gopalan, from India to the US and praised her for not letting ties with India break down.

At a US State Department luncheon hosted by US Vice President Harris and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, PM Modi said, “Vice President Kamala Harris’ mother, Dr Shyamala Gopalan, came to America from India in 1958. At that time, most people did not have phones and so her mother would send handwritten letters to her family back home. And at any time she did not let her relationship with India break,”

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PM Modi added that Harris' mother kept the relationship with India alive by whatever means she could find and despite thousands of mile of distance India always remained close to her heart. 

While praising the Vice President, PM Modi said, “Madam Vice President, you have taken this inspiration today to newer heights. Your achievements are an inspiration to not only the women in America but to women in India and women all across the world. This is really inspiring,”

PM Modi said that he took part in various meetings during the last 3 days in the US and in all these meetings everyone was of the view that the friendship and cooperation between India and US needs to be even deeper.

Meanwhile VP Kamala Harris during her speech at the same event added that the history and teachings of India have influenced not only her but shaped the entire globe. She added that India has inspired millions of people around the globe through philosophy, theology, the power of civil disobedience and commitment to democracy. She also thanked the Prime Minister for joining the Artemis Accord, a commitment to the safe and transparent use of space.

(With inputs from agencies)

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