About 200 residents pray for victory of US vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in her ancestral village in India. Prayer was performed in Thulasendrapuram where Harris maternal grandfather P.V. Gopalan was born.Two South Indian dishes idli and sambar were served after the puja.
Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, a biologist whose work on the progesterone receptor gene stimulated work in breast cancer research, had arrived in the U.S. from India in 1958 as a 19-year-old graduate student in nutrition and endocrinology at the University of California, Berkeley Gopalan received her PhD in 1964. Her father, Donald J. Harris, is a Stanford University professor emeritus of economics, who arrived in the U.S. from British Jamaica in 1961 for graduate study at UC Berkeley, receiving a PhD in economics in 1966.