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Nikki Haley, A Proud Daughter of Indian Immigrants, Makes History Again

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Nikki Haley’s presidential candidacy has resonated with Indian Americans, symbolizing the potential for success and opportunity in the United States.

Her background as the daughter of Indian immigrants and her rise in politics have inspired admiration within the community.

As she competes in the Republican primary, her success is seen as a significant milestone, particularly given the historical challenges faced by the Sikh community in the U.S.

“Nikki Haley is just like you,” Manjari Bose said to her kids. “She was raised by immigrant parents and look at all that she’s achieved.”

“All the immigrants’ kids in this country have such opportunity, the sky is the limit, but somehow these kids don’t strive or don’t work hard or take things for granted.”

“I am so impressed by her work ethic and the way she worked at her family business at a young age,” she said.

“I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who reminded my brothers, my sister and me every single day how blessed we were to live in this country,” Haley said previously.

Some express ambivalence about her assimilation and conversion to Christianity, questioning whether she could have achieved the same success while openly practicing Sikhism.

“Would she have the same success as an outwardly practicing Sikh woman? Would she be where she’s today?” political cartoonist Vishavjit Singh asked. “Personally, it is not about assimilation. It is about being included and belonging into the American fabric without having to give up something of your heritage to be seen or accepted as American.”

“We are bound to see turbaned Sikh Americans in Congress and high political offices in the near future,” he said.

Despite this, many view her candidacy as a representation of Indian values and a source of inspiration for future generations.

“I feel proud that she has come to this level. Most Indians are very pragmatic, centrist, well informed and take rational decisions,” voter Dinesh Lokhande said.

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