by Unnati Sharma, The Print, January 27th, 2021.
When Kesha Ram was sworn in as a US senator earlier this month, she became the first woman of colour to have been elected to serve in the Vermont state Senate.
Kesha is the is the great great-granddaughter of Rai Bahadur Sir Ganga Ram, noted philanthropist after whom Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram hospital is named.
The US Consulate General Lahore Tuesday posted a tweet about Kesha Ram, who wore a salwar kameez (a traditional South Asian dress) for her swearing-in ceremony on 6 January as Vermont Senator.
In response to the viral tweet, Kesha thanked people for helping her understand Sir Ganga Ram’s legacy. “I was told that people in Lahore say a prayer for my great-great grandfather daily. I didn’t understand his impact, particularly in health care and women’s education, until that day. Thank you all for helping me understand his legacy so I can continue it,” she posted.