South Asian community of Colorado Springs reacts to historic inaugural event with pride, hope

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Kamala Harris is making history as the first woman, the first woman of color, and the first person of South Asian descent to hold the Vice Presidency.

Jay Patel, Leader of the Indian Community of Colorado Springs said it’s an incredible day for Indian Americans and Americans around the world, for this Vice President to be of Indian descent.

“It is one of tremendous pride. As immigrants, as I am, that we’re able to achieve leadership positions in this country and one of us has got to the position of being a leader in the world,” said Patel.


On Wednesday, villagers in the birthplace of Harris’ maternal grandfather celebrated in India.

According to the Associated Press, villagers watched the inauguration live and chanted “Long live Kamala Harris,” while holding portraits of her. They also blasted off fireworks the moment she took the oath.

Patel said these celebrations in India are monumental and recognize the enormity of this movement. He hopes the relationship between India and the USA will grow even stronger with Harris as Vice President.

Also on Wednesday, photographs were shared from the Associated Press, showing young girls holding signs of Harris on Inauguration Day in India.

(AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

In another colorful image, Indian women created traditional art work using colored powder, congratulating U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, according to AP.

(AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

“I’m hoping that first of all, as an Indian American, and as an American, that the young girls in this country see that and aspire to leadership positions in the corporate world and in the political world and try to become the next president of the U.S.,” Patel said.

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>>>To connect with Patel’s non-profit, the Indian Community of Colorado Springs, click here.

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