“Kamala Harris will provide an opening message on US solidarity with the people of India as we partner to save lives & hasten the end of the pandemic,” the State Department’s South and Central Asia bureau said on Thursday in a head’s up about the event, which will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with Indian-American leaders.
The event will include an overview of US government relief efforts and panelists will discuss commercial and civil society-led efforts to address the current emergency, what support will be needed to re-open India after the second wave, and how we can align efforts to bring our countries closer together moving, a Bureau spokesperson said.
The panel will include among others Anjali?Kaur, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Asia, Lata Krishnan, Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of the American Indian Foundation, and investor-entrepreneur M.R.Rangaswami
Harris, who Biden has delegated numerous jobs to including managing the border crisis, was panned by critics for indifference to India’s plight by critics who argued she needed to have more empathy for the country her mother hailed from.
After nearly three days of silence from the time the big surge of Covid-19 became apparent and caught global attention late April, Harris tweeted, “The US is working closely with the Indian government to rapidly deploy additional support and supplies during an alarming Covid-19 outbreak. As we provide assistance, we pray for the people of India—including its courageous healthcare workers.”