My Indian roots helped me fight for change: Nikki Haley

  • Neha Arora, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2014 21:43 IST

Nikki Haley, the first woman governor of South Carolina, US, on Friday said her Indian parents always taught her to fight back and do something to bring in change in the society.

Nikki, who was at Lovely Professional University to attend a science conference, shared with audience as how as an Indian who belonged to a minority group in Bamberg in South Carolina she went on to lead the state.

Attired in a traditional pink phulkari, Nimrata Nikki Haley looked elegant while her husband Michael Harry wore a Punjabi turban.

“We were the only Indian family in the small town. My brother and sister were treated as different by others in their school,” Nikki shared.

Getting a thumping response from the audience, Nikki shared her success story with them and as how Indians have become leaders in various fields across the world.

Haley introduced herself as a proud daughter of Dr Ajit Singh Randhawa who migrated to America in the early sixties. She shared that how she started contributing to her parental business at the age of 13 and worked hard for her mother’s apparel business and made it grow into a multi-million dollar company.

“My parents always taught me to fight back and do something to bring in change. This was when I and my husband decided to carry door-to-door campaigning. I told people of South Carolina to elect me as I wanted to bring change in the society and not just win elections,” she said.

Haley further said she encouraged business opportunities in the state and provided employment to people.
“We are number one in the world to produce BMWs and number one in the country to produce tyres and we are also doing great in pharmaceutical and IT sector,” Nikki said.

About her Punjabi ties, she said, “We welcome good engineers and IT professionals to South Carolina. We can create amazing opportunities in collaboration with Punjab focusing on expanding business and providing employment.” The national anthems of both countries were played.

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