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ZAMBIA: US Vice President Kamala Harris visited her maternal grandfather P V Gopalan’s family house in Zambia’s capital Lusaka where he lived as an Indian Foreign Service official in the 1960s. Kamala Harris visited the house during her trip to Zambia.

“My visit to Zambia has a special significance for me, as many of you know, and for my family. As you know, I visited Zambia, Mr President, as a young girl when my grandfather worked here,” Kamala Harris said.

“In 1966, shortly after Zambia’s independence, he came to Lusaka to serve as a director of relief measures and refugees. That was his title. He served as an advisor to Zambia’s first President, Kenneth Kaunda. And he was an expert on refugee resettlement,” she added.

P.V. Gopalan was born in Chennai in 1911 and served an advisor to first President of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda and as Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the 1960s. In Lusaka, P V Gopalan lived at 16 Independence Avenue in the 1960s.

“I remember my time here fondly. I was a child, so it is the memory of a child. But I remember being here and just how it felt, the warmth and the excitement that was present,” Vice President Harris said.

“So, from my family and from all of us, we extend our greetings and hello to everyone here,” the US vice president added.

– THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

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