Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks with Kamala Harris, the Vice-President of the United States of America, on Thursday ahead of the much-anticipated Quad Summit. This is going to be Harris’ first interaction with Modi and the latter’s first in-person bilateral talks with the new US regime.

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US’ 49th Vice-President Kamala Harris is a politician from the Democratic party and also the first woman VP of the US. She was chosen by now US Joe Biden as his running mate before the presidential elections.

She served as a United States senator from California from 2017 to 2021.

By profession, Harris was a lawyer and served as district attorney for San Francisco from 2004-2011. After that, Harris was twice elected as the California attorney general. After four years at Howard, Harris got her law degree at the University of California, Hastings, and began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

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Harris was both the first woman and the first African American to serve as the top law enforcement official of one of the US’ most populous states.

Some of Harris’ decisions as the attorney general caused ripples even her Democratic colleagues as well. She launched a ‘back on track’ programme to reduce recidivism. The programme encouraged first-time offenders to get a job, enroll in school and be able to lead a normal life.

Harris also introduced a training program for law enforcement officers called “Principled Policing: Procedural Justice and Implicit Bias”.

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The leader’s one of most controversial decisions came in 2004 when she declined to pursue the death penalty against the man who murdered San Francisco police officer Isaac Espinoza.

Harris was inaugurated as the first woman, first black, first black woman, first Indian-origin vice president. Her father Donald Harris is from Jamaica, and her mother Shyamala Gopalan is from Chennai.

PM Modi’s meet with Harris will hold great significance for both India and the US owing to her Indian link.