''Her mother taught her the other values that don't be content with what you have. Just because you are a lawyer or doctor, don't sit on your seat and say 'I am a lawyer', do something. Two, what you do should not be for you or for some private person, it should be for the public good. So that's why Kamala never became a lawyer for a private practice, she always went in the public office, as a public prosecutor. Her sister who is also a lawyer is also in public service. Because Shyamala (Harris' mother) told them that what you do is not for yourself, it's for others. Think of the public good first.''
4. Headlines of 'Times of India' newspaper in English 'Come Nov, Kamala could be next in line for US President
''They went to Afro-American school, their friends are many Afro-American, so their whole life has been associated with them. It is not that she says that 'I am not Indian' but her major friends were from the group, that's where she lived, that's where she went to school. She went to Howard University.''
''She's very fast on her feet. Two, Trump has been mainly talking about people who don't respond to him with the same degree of intensity. See, Biden doesn't bark at Trump, Biden is very gentle and quiet. Kamala is not like that. Two, that's because Shyamala has told her, 'don't take things lying down'. If somebody does something and it is bad, react strongly and immediately."
When U.S. Presidential Candidate Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate, her maternal relatives in India were overjoyed.
Harris' uncle, Gopalan Balachandran, lives in New Delhi.
He recalled that Harris' mother had taught her to never be "content with what you have," and always strive for more.
Harris, the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, often focuses on her identity as a Black woman.
At times during her political career, as she ran for California attorney general and senator, some didn't realize she was of Indian descent.
In her first remarks as Biden's running mate on Wednesday, she spoke of her mother's roots but described herself as the "first Black woman" to be nominated for the vice presidency on a major party ticket.
Balachandran said Harris was very close to her Black roots because she went to a predominantly African-American school and grew up with friends from the community.
Still, the prospect of a U.S. vice president with Indian heritage has delighted South Asians worldwide and put the spotlight on Kamala as the first person of Asian descent on a major party presidential ticket.
Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group of eligible voters.
More than 11 million Asian Americans will be able to vote in November, according to a May report by the Pew Research Center.
Harris has called her late mother, Shyamala Gopalan, her biggest influence and frequently invoked stories about the cancer researcher and civil rights activist who died in 2009.