Kamala Harris creates buzz on social media with ‘chithi’ reference

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New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ speech at the party’s National Convention has created a buzz on social media, mainly among the Indian-American and Tamilian community as she used the word ‘chithi’ which means aunty in Tamil, while stressing on the importance of a family.
Harris made the remark on Wednesday night during her Vice Presidential acceptance speech, while she spoke about the importance of family support in shaping an individual.
“She raised us to be proud, strong Black women. And she raised us to know and be proud of our Indian heritage. She taught us to put family first. The family you are born into and the family you choose,” Harris said while talking about her mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris.
“Family is my uncles, my aunts, and my chithis,” she said while explaining what family meant to her.
“That I am here tonight is a testament to the dedication of generations before me,” said Harris, who made history by becoming the first Black and South Asian woman to be nominated to any important party’s presidential ticket.
Her speech soon went viral on social media, taking the Indian netizens by surprise. Many people also referred to Google to find the meaning of “chithi”.
Let’s have a look at some of the reactions of netizens.
“I literally have tears in my eyes. @KamalaHarris just said ‘chithis’ which means auntie. My heart is so full right now,” said Chennai-born American author and model Padma Lakshmi.
“Millions of Americans are googling ‘chithi,’ so next time someone @ me that Kamala Harris isn’t proud of her Indian heritage,” a twitterati posted.
Another said: “Kamala Harris used chithi in her DNCC speech, Tamilians RISE UP!!!!!!”
“Brb crying when @KamalaHarris just said ‘Chithi’,” wrote another user.
Joe Biden, who is himself seeking a path towards new beginning as US President, has greeted those celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi and blessed them to “find a path to new beginnings”.
His running mate on the Democratic Party ticket in the November elections, vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris, retweeted his greetings on Saturday and added that she joins him “in wishing everyone celebrating a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi”.
Biden’s tweet said, “To everyone celebrating the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi in the US, India, and around the world, may you overcome all obstacles, be blessed with wisdom, and find a path toward new beginnings.”

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