India's prime minister says Kamala Harris's 'success is a matter of great pride and inspiration'

India's prime minister says Kamala Harris's 'success is a matter of great pride and inspiration'

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden-Harris team unveils inauguration playlist Trump approval rating relatively unchanged in wake of Capitol rioting: NBC News poll Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday MORE, the first person of Indian descent elected to the position, as a source of “great pride and inspiration.”

“I … conveyed warm congratulations for VP-elect @KamalaHarris,” Modi tweeted Tuesday. “Her success is a matter of great pride and inspiration for members of the vibrant Indian-American community, who are a tremendous source of strength for Indo-US relations.”


Modi was one of several world leaders to congratulate President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE last week, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronEU launches coronavirus vaccine campaign Macron now symptom-free after testing positive for COVID-19 France slowly allowing passengers, freight from UK to enter MORE, Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauHow Biden can help Canada do better on climate Pope says the 'movement' of violence at the Capitol must be condemned Trudeau condemns Trump for 'inciting' Capitol riots MORE, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Harris’s late mother, biomedical scientist Shyamala Gopalan, was born in what is now the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. A village in the state erected banners hailing Harris’s selection in August as Biden’s running mate. A survey released in October also indicated about 72 percent of Indian Americans supported the ticket.

Foreign policy analysts told Al Jazeera last week that the Biden administration is more likely than Trump to raise concerns about human rights in Modi’s India. Violence against the nation’s Muslim minority has increased under Modi, a leading figure in the Hindu nationalist movement. His party last year passed citizenship legislation widely panned as making Muslims second-class citizens.  

“These measures are inconsistent with the country’s long tradition of secularism and with sustaining a multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy,” the Biden campaign said in a policy paper of the Indian law.