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Kamala Harris’ niece Meena gives Twitter lessons on India’s democracy and ‘anti-blackness’

Meena Harris has been aggressively tweeting not only about the farmer protests but also how democracy is 'under threat' in India.

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New Delhi: Meenakshi Ashley Harris, the niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris, has ruffled many feathers in India with her latest Twitter activity, after she extended her support to the farmer protests, commented on the state of India’s democracy and most recently, its history of alleged “anti-blackness”.

An American lawyer and children’s book author, Harris has a strong social media following with more than 6 lakh followers on Twitter and over 8 lakh followers on Instagram. Furthermore, her proximity to the second most powerful person in the US draws considerable attention to what she has to say on social media. She has also proven to be sharp-witted and willing to take on those who troll her.

In her tweets on India, Harris did not confine her comments to the farmer protests — she has gone on to make statements like the “most populous democracy is under assault”. In the same thread, she said militant nationalism is a potent threat in India, US and any place else and that “fascist dictators aren’t going anywhere”, unless people organise.

She has also shared some tweets that target the Narendra Modi government directly.

Harris also focused on the arrest and detention of activist Nodeep Kaur, a Dalit labour rights activist and member of the Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan in Sonipat.

Then, in response to a tweet that accused her of ‘Hinduphobia’, Harris asserted that she’s Hindu and added, “stop using religion as a cover for fascism”.

When this elicited a sarcastic tweet from journalist Dilip Mandal that reminded her she’s casteless because she’s ‘black’, Harris retorted sharply: “I believe this is supposed to be sarcastic and a critique of Hindu extremist talking points, but it’s much too close to the reality of blatant anti-blackness I’ve witnessed from Indians for a long time now. So sure, let’s talk about that too.”


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Meena Harris’ work 

Meena, 36, is the daughter of Maya Harris, sister of Kamala Harris. She is a lawyer and the author of two children’s books. At Stanford and Harvard, both Ivy-league schools, she studied the arts and law, respectively.

Harris started Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, launched on Women’s Day in 2017. This is an initiative that raises money for charity by selling apparel with women-empowering slogans. She assisted her aunt Kamala in her campaign to be a senator in 2017 as well as her vice-presidential campaign. She was also a part of the 2008 presidential campaign for Barack Obama.

Most of her work, however, revolves around women’s empowerment, inclusivity and promotion of diversity.

She is a New York Times bestselling author and has two books under her name. Her picture book ‘Kamala and Maya’s big idea’ is based on true stories from the childhood of the Vice President and her mother, while her second book Ambitious Girls, which came out in January 2021, tells young girls that being ambitious is not a bad thing after all.


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17 COMMENTS

  1. Please request all the DOCTOR-S and SCIENCETIST’S to find out a THERMAMETER type gadget to find out lies and truth to solve all problems between two or more and thanks to all of them thanks and thanks. Further also think about children and innocent’s and do something for everyone thanks and thanks

    • Mr Ashwin: FYI, Ms Meena Harris lives in the US, a country that is on another continent, a tad far away from the Vishwa Guru you live in. As they say:

      “If you think by the inch and talk by the yard, you will be kicked by the foot” !

  2. liberal leftest democrats corruption/lies/incompetence/hypocrisy/racism. includes media/politicians/celebrity & tech. Liberal supporters are BS. I support Prime Minster Modi and India.

  3. liberal leftest democrat corruption/lies/incompetence/hypocrisy/racism. includes media/politicians/celebrity & tech. Leftest are BS. Antifa are the terrorist. I support Modi.

  4. India is becoming a fascist Hindu rashtra that persecutes its Muslims but also Sikh, Christians, liberals and Dalits. It is going to crumble as minorities realize that India is no longer an open democracy but mob rule by angry fanatical Hindu mobs.
    Meena is just saying what intellectuals, journalists, envoys, human rights groups and others have said for years before!

  5. The space for Indian fascists has shrunk. The Whats App messages from the NRI crowd are not so upbeat about the Indian super power. Before they thought Trump – although a white racist – was one of them. They did Havans and pujas for Trump, and Modi touched the feet of his phraind. Now, you have people like Meena Harris, and Biden, who will not to be so indulgent with foreign fascists. It will not be long before Sanghis burn American flags to show their rage and false pride. Americans are being told that Modi is an Indian version of Trump, and only worse.

  6. What is the “lesson” on anti-blackness?

    That she has observed it? She has no problems throwing a whole nation under the bus and neither do your fame hungry journalists.

  7. Great going future PM of India@ meena harris
    ( a ghost before 20th January ) another one of the beheti Ganga main haat dhone wala gang.
    Opportunism personified … and why not, as she has a common last name, so may as well use it.
    These kind of patriots sprout from different pin codes and come out chest thumping at the slightest opportunity with only self elevation as the only motive.

  8. From criticizing Modi and the current govt, they’ve conveniently moved to criticizing the country and are attacking the idea of our nationhood.

    Ignore them, they’ll crumble under the weight of their own contradictions.

  9. Yup and she is also under scrutiny for using her famous aunt’s profile to further her own business interests. This is now under scrutiny by Biden’s team who are extremely wary of the Vice-president’s over-ambitious niece. She has been disallowed to use her aunt’s public profile to promote her own businesses. Ambition is good as long as it doesn’t disregard ethics, as she has done. As for tweeting about India, democracy, fascism etc. she is entitled to her opinion like everyone else.

  10. The support to the farmers would have been more like a support if at least one thing about the farm laws were to be mentioned as objectionable. Otherwise this sounds more like an AMERICAN KHAP not coming from a qualified lawyer.
    India’s history of alleged “anti-blackness”. Does it mean a hate towards the south Indians ? They are the only blacks if at all.

  11. Cant believe these so called Hindu defenders living in India do not realise their biases and prejudices but still behave as if they are the greatest of human beings on this planet. A wake up call for India if you really want to change.

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