Democratic US vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Wednesday put up a social media post recalling her grandfather, PV Gopalan, who she said would take her on morning walks and discuss with her the importance of fighting for democracy and civil rights.
“As a young girl, my grandfather would often take me on his morning walks in India, where he'd discuss the importance of fighting for democracy and civil rights. That commitment and that fight for a better future lives on in me to this day,” she tweeted.
The tweet also contained a 57-second video where she is heard saying, "My grandparents were phenomenal. We would go back to India every other year. My grandfather fought for and was a defender of the freedom of India. When I was a young girl, being the eldest grandchild, my grandfather would take me on his morning walk."
Harris said those walks along the beach in India really "planted something in my mind and created a commitment in me.''
"All of his buddies who were also great leaders, they would talk about the importance of fighting for democracy and the importance of fighting for civil rights and that people would be treated equally regardless of where they were born or the circumstance of their birth," she said.
"Those walks along the beach in India really planted something in my mind and created a commitment in me, before I even realised it, that has led to me where I am today," Harris said in the video.