As America was celebrating its first women, black and Asian American vice-president, a village in Tamilnadu also joined them.
The village of Thulasenthirapuram near Mannargudi town. tucked away in the corner of the Thiruvar district celebrated the victory by setting off firecrackers, painting rangolis and playing traditional music.
Thulasenthirapuram is native to the maternal grandparents of Kamala Harris. Kamala’s grandfather P V Gopalan moved out of the village as a young man and took up a job in the British government service. Though Kamala’s ancestors left the village many decades ago, family members had kept their connections with the temple at the village intact.
Gopalan and other family members have made donations for temple renovation during various periods. As recently as 2014, a donation was made, says the temple trustee Ramani.
Speaking to the media about the Kamala’s victory, a local resident said “We are celebrating this as a woman whose roots are in our village is getting elected as the Vice President of America. It is a matter of immense pride.” “Not only for Tamilians in Tamil Nadu, but this victory is a matter of pride for all Tamilians across the world,”
On november 2nd, as the US went into elections, the locals performed special prayers for the victory of the Biden-harris. The villagers were glued to their TV screens as the results started coming out. There were lots of banners and posters were also put in place in the roads leading to the village.