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Religious studies’ Deepak Sarma and political science’s Karen Beckwith discuss cultural significance of VP pick Kamala Harris among the Indian community

Choice of Kamala Harris as VP candidate point of pride for Indian community Deepak Sarma, a professor of religious studies and a second-generation Indian American and South Asianist scholar, spoke of how his family celebrated the nomination of Kamala Harris—whose parents were from India and Jamaica, respectively—for vice president. Karen Beckwith, the Flora Stone Mather Professor in the Department of Political Science, added that Indian voters are among the most politically active within Asian-American voters.