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Kamala Harris' ancestral Indian village celebrates her historic win

A man lights fireworks as villagers gather to celebrate the victory of U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Painganadu, near the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India, November 8.  
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A man lights fireworks as villagers gather to celebrate the victory of U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Painganadu, near the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern state of...more

A man lights fireworks as villagers gather to celebrate the victory of U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Painganadu, near the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India, November 8. REUTERS/Stringer
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Women gather to celebrate the victory of U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Painganadu near the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India, November 8. REUTERS/Stringer

Women gather to celebrate the victory of U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Painganadu near the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India, November 8....more

Women gather to celebrate the victory of U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Painganadu near the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India, November 8. REUTERS/Stringer
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A woman applies finishing touches to a message for Kamala Harris in Painganadu, near the village of Thulasendrapuram, in Tamil Nadu state, India, November 5.   REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

A woman applies finishing touches to a message for Kamala Harris in Painganadu, near the village of Thulasendrapuram, in Tamil Nadu state, India, November 5. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

A woman applies finishing touches to a message for Kamala Harris in Painganadu, near the village of Thulasendrapuram, in Tamil Nadu state, India, November 5. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar
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People walk past an artist applying finishing touches to a painting of Kamala Harris alongside a road in Mumbai, India, November 8. Sonia Gandhi, the head of the main opposition Congress party described Harris as a daughter of India in a letter to the vice-president elect, inviting her to visit. "We hope we will have the opportunity soon to welcome you to India, where you will be warmly hailed not just as a much admired leader of a great democracy, but also as a beloved daughter."  

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People walk past an artist applying finishing touches to a painting of Kamala Harris alongside a road in Mumbai, India, November 8. Sonia Gandhi, the head of the main opposition Congress party described Harris as a daughter of India in a letter to...more

People walk past an artist applying finishing touches to a painting of Kamala Harris alongside a road in Mumbai, India, November 8. Sonia Gandhi, the head of the main opposition Congress party described Harris as a daughter of India in a letter to the vice-president elect, inviting her to visit. "We hope we will have the opportunity soon to welcome you to India, where you will be warmly hailed not just as a much admired leader of a great democracy, but also as a beloved daughter." REUTERS/Niharika Kulkarni
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A family poses for a photo wishing for Kamala Harris to win, in Painganadu near the village of Thulasendrapuram, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, November 6.     REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

A family poses for a photo wishing for Kamala Harris to win, in Painganadu near the village of Thulasendrapuram, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, November 6. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

A family poses for a photo wishing for Kamala Harris to win, in Painganadu near the village of Thulasendrapuram, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, November 6. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar
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People pray for the victory of Kamala Harris inside a temple in the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, November 4.  
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People pray for the victory of Kamala Harris inside a temple in the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, November 4. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

People pray for the victory of Kamala Harris inside a temple in the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, November 4. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar
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Kamala Harris' maternal grandparents' former apartment is pictured where she visited occasionally, in Chennai, India. Harris, who visited her village when she was 5, has often recalled walks with her maternal grandfather on the beaches of the southern city of Chennai during annual trips from the U.S. Those conversations with her grandfather, who was among millions of people who joined India's independence movement, left a profound impact, Harris said in a 2018 speech.   

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Kamala Harris' maternal grandparents' former apartment is pictured where she visited occasionally, in Chennai, India. Harris, who visited her village when she was 5, has often recalled walks with her maternal grandfather on the beaches of the...more

Kamala Harris' maternal grandparents' former apartment is pictured where she visited occasionally, in Chennai, India. Harris, who visited her village when she was 5, has often recalled walks with her maternal grandfather on the beaches of the southern city of Chennai during annual trips from the U.S. Those conversations with her grandfather, who was among millions of people who joined India's independence movement, left a profound impact, Harris said in a 2018 speech. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar
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Gopalan Balachandran, maternal uncle of Kamala Harris, addresses the media from his house in New Delhi, India, November 8. She has been in close touch with her family in India and her uncle said he planned to attend the inauguration in January. "It's great (the victory). It was needed and it was good. And the next four years will be good," G. Balachandran, a leading defense scholar, told Reuters partner ANI at his home in New Delhi, where like millions of people worldwide, he watched every turn and twist of the election.  


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Gopalan Balachandran, maternal uncle of Kamala Harris, addresses the media from his house in New Delhi, India, November 8. She has been in close touch with her family in India and her uncle said he planned to attend the inauguration in January. "It's...more

Gopalan Balachandran, maternal uncle of Kamala Harris, addresses the media from his house in New Delhi, India, November 8. She has been in close touch with her family in India and her uncle said he planned to attend the inauguration in January. "It's great (the victory). It was needed and it was good. And the next four years will be good," G. Balachandran, a leading defense scholar, told Reuters partner ANI at his home in New Delhi, where like millions of people worldwide, he watched every turn and twist of the election. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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A banner featuring Kamala Harris is seen pasted on a wall at a bus stop at the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, November 4.  
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A banner featuring Kamala Harris is seen pasted on a wall at a bus stop at the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, November 4. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

A banner featuring Kamala Harris is seen pasted on a wall at a bus stop at the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, November 4. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar
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A girl sits next to the paintings of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on display alongside a road in Mumbai, India, November 8. REUTERS/Niharika Kulkarni

A girl sits next to the paintings of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on display alongside a road in Mumbai, India, November 8. REUTERS/Niharika Kulkarni

A girl sits next to the paintings of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on display alongside a road in Mumbai, India, November 8. REUTERS/Niharika Kulkarni
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Gopalan Balachandran, maternal uncle of Kamala Harris, talks to media outside his house in New Delhi, India. "I knew she was going to win. So, I was not tense, except I wanted the final results to come in so that I could go and sleep," he said.   REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Gopalan Balachandran, maternal uncle of Kamala Harris, talks to media outside his house in New Delhi, India. "I knew she was going to win. So, I was not tense, except I wanted the final results to come in so that I could go and sleep," he said. ...more

Gopalan Balachandran, maternal uncle of Kamala Harris, talks to media outside his house in New Delhi, India. "I knew she was going to win. So, I was not tense, except I wanted the final results to come in so that I could go and sleep," he said. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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A postal box with the name Sarala Gopalan, aunt of Kamala Harris, is seen outside Harris' maternal grandparents' former apartment which she visited occasionally, in Chennai, India. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

A postal box with the name Sarala Gopalan, aunt of Kamala Harris, is seen outside Harris' maternal grandparents' former apartment which she visited occasionally, in Chennai, India. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

A postal box with the name Sarala Gopalan, aunt of Kamala Harris, is seen outside Harris' maternal grandparents' former apartment which she visited occasionally, in Chennai, India. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar
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A man drives past a banner of Kamala Harris at the entrance to the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.  REUTERS/Sudarshan Varadhan

A man drives past a banner of Kamala Harris at the entrance to the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. REUTERS/Sudarshan Varadhan

A man drives past a banner of Kamala Harris at the entrance to the village of Thulasendrapuram, where Harris' maternal grandfather was born and grew up, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. REUTERS/Sudarshan Varadhan
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Kamala Harris' maternal grandparents' former apartment is pictured where she visited occasionally, in Chennai, India.   REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

Kamala Harris' maternal grandparents' former apartment is pictured where she visited occasionally, in Chennai, India. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

Kamala Harris' maternal grandparents' former apartment is pictured where she visited occasionally, in Chennai, India. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar
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