People across India are celebrating Kamala Harris’ inauguration as the next vice president of the United States on Wednesday, with residents of his ancestral village setting off firecrackers and distributing food.
Thulasendrapuram, a leafy village about 320 km (200 miles) south of the coastal city of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu, is the place where Harris’ maternal grandfather was born over a century.
In the city of Amritsar, in the state of Punjab, painter Jagjot Singh Rubal painted a mural depicting US President-elect Joe Biden and Harris.
Another Indian artist and teacher, Sagar Kambli, painted paintings of Biden and Harris outside his art school in the financial capital, Mumbai.
In addition, the artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture representing the two Democrats.
Harris, born to an Indian mother and Jamaican father, both of whom immigrated to the United States to study, visited Thulasendrapuram when she was five years old and remembered walks with her grandfather on Chennai Beach.
Harris becomes the first woman, the first Black American, and the first Asian American to win the second highest office in the United States.