Connect with us


Nikki Haley makes history as first Indian American to get cabinet-level position




New York, 23 Nov 2016 :  President-elect Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he will appoint Nikki Haley, “a great leader” to be the United States ambassador to the United Nations, a cabinet-rank position, marking a historic breakthrough for Indian Americans in politics.

Announcing the appointment, Trump said, “She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage.”

 As the Permanent Representative to the UN, Haley will be the first woman and non-white appointed to a high-level post in Trump’s incoming administration.

In the US, the UN ambassadorship carries a cabinet rank, although the Permanent Representative does not figure in the line of succession to the presidency, where the Secretary of State takes precedence.

“Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country,” he added. “She is also a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals.”

Accepting the position, Haley said, “Our country faces enormous challenges here at home and internationally, and I am honoured that the President-elect has asked me to join his team and serve the country we love as the next Ambassador to the United Nations.”

Her appointment caps a year of political achievements for Indian Americans.

Her full name is Nimrata Nikki Randhwa Haley and she is the daughter of Sikh immigrants from Amritsar.

While Haley does not have direct foreign policy experience, she has travelled to India and Europe for developing businesses in her state. She also has well-honed diplomatic skills having manoeuvered her way through the politics of South Carolina, a conservative state, where she was opposed by a section of her own party.

Trump alluded to this when he made the announcement calling her “a proven deal-maker.”.

Indian Americans made significant political headway this year in the US.

For the first time an Indian American, Kamala Harris, was elected to the Senate, and the House of Representatives now has four from the community with the election of Pramila Jayapal, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ro Khanna, who will join the re-elected Ami Bera.

The first Hindu elected to Congress, Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii, is also under consideration for a job in the Trump administration. A military veteran of Afghanistan, she has been critical of US military entanglements abroad, while taking a strong position against terrorism, which aligns her with Trump’s state policies.

Gabbard was invited by Trump to meet with him earlier this week and discussed the Syrian situation, terrorism and the department that deals with ex-service people.

By appointing Haley, Trump is reaching out the centrist sections of the Republican Party that had been critical of him.

Haley had vehemently criticised Trump during his campaign for the Republican nomination, going to the extent of saying that he was everything she didn’t want to see in a president. When she gave her party’s response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, she made an indirect criticism of Trump for fomenting a politics of anger.

However, Haley endorsed Trump after his nomination as the party candidate. Last Thursday, she was in the first batch of potential candidates for positions in the Trump administration who were interviewed by him for possible positions.

Haley broke a glass ceiling in 2010 when she was elected governor becoming the first woman and first non-white to win the job in the southern state, which has had a reputation for racism and social conservatism.

She had to overcome a gutter campaign of personal attacks from her opponents who even accused her of adultery. But she prevailed, getting the trust of the voters.

Although most Indian Americans – about 65 percent – support the Democratic Party, members of the community have achieved breakthroughs in the Republican Party, which is called racist and anti-immigrant by its opponents.

After a gap of 48 years since the election of the first Indian American to Congress, Dalip Singh Saund in 1956, Republican Piyush Bobby Jindal broke the dry patch when he was elected to the House of Representative in 2004. He was then elected governor of Louisiana in 2007 and served two terms. He unsuccessfully ran against Trump for the party nomination.


PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released from detention after 14 months




Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

Continue Reading


Cinemas, theatres, multiplexes to open with up to 50% seating capacity from Oct 15




Swimming pools for training of sportspersons to open with SOP from Oct 15

Continue Reading


SAD breaks alliance with BJP Leaves NDA in protest against farmers ordinance




Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

Continue Reading

Trending Live


Latest Post

Big News



Football2 weeks ago

अर्जेंटीना को मेसी का गोल भी नहीं बचा सका, सऊदी अरब ने अर्जेंटीना को को 2-1 से हराया

दोहा, 22 नवंबर (live24india ) :- लुसैल स्टेडियम में मंगलवार को फीफा विश्व कप के मैच में एक बड़ा उलटफेर...

Sports3 weeks ago

इंग्लैंड दूसरी बार बना T20 विश्व चैंपियन, पाकिस्तान को 5 विकेट से हराया

मेलबर्न, 13 नवंबर (live24india) : इंग्लैंड ने 30 साल पुराना बदला चुकाते हुए रविवार को पाकिस्तान को कुछ तनावपूर्ण क्षणों...

Sports3 weeks ago

T20 World Cup Final : पाकिस्तान ने इंग्लैंड को दिया 138 रनों का लक्ष्य

इंग्लैंड ने रविवार को यहां टी20 विश्व कप फाइनल में टॉस जीतकर बल्लेबाजी का न्योता देने के बाद पाकिस्तान को...

Cricket3 weeks ago

T20 World Cup : इंग्लैंड ने भारत को 10 विकेट से हराया, फाइनल में पाकिस्तान से होगा मुकाबला

एडिलेड, 10 नवंबर (live24india) : इंग्लैंड ने एलेक्स हेल्स (86 नाबाद) और जॉस बटलर (80 नाबाद) के तूफानी अर्द्धशतकों की...

Cricket1 month ago

World Cup 2022 : भारत ने बांग्लादेश को 5 रनों से हराया, अर्शदीप सिंह बने मैच के हीरो

टी20 वर्ल्ड कप 2022 का 35वां मुकाबला टीम इंडिया और बांग्लादेश के बीच खेला गया। पहले बल्लेबाजी करते हुए भारतीय...



Bollywood2 days ago

रशियन फैंस के सीर चढ़ा पुष्पा उर्फ ​​अल्लू अर्जुन का जादू, मिलने के लिए दिखी बेसब्री

मुंबई , 2 दिसंबर (live24india): –   पुष्पा: द राइज़ रशिया में रिलीज़ होने के लिए पूरी तरह से तैयार है...

Bollywood5 days ago

विपुल शाह निर्मित ‘कमांडो 3’ के रिलीज के पूरे हुए 3 साल, एक्शन और थ्रिल पर डालें नजर

मुंबई , 29 नवंबर (live24india) : –  एक निर्माता के रूप में, विपुल अमृतलाल शाह दर्शकों के लिए कुछ अद्भुत...

Bollywood5 days ago

राधिका मदान की फिल्म “कच्चे लिंबू” बैंकॉक IFFK में हुई सिलेक्ट

मुंबई , 29 नवंबर (live24india) : –  जियो स्टूडियोज और मैंगो पीपल मीडिया निर्मित “कच्चे लिंबू ” को बैंकॉक इंटरनेशनल...

Bollywood6 days ago

विक्रांत मैसी स्टारर ’12वीं फेल’ होगी दिल्ली के मुखर्जी नगर में शूट की जाने वाली पहली फिल्म!

मुंबई , 28 नवंबर (live24india) : –  विधु विनोद चोपड़ा की आने वाली ’12वीं फेल’ कई कारणों से सुर्खियों में...

Bollywood6 days ago

बर्थडे गर्ल के लिए खुशखबरी! यामी गौतम की लॉस्ट ZEE 5 पर होगी रिलीज

मुंबई , 28 नवंबर (live24india) : –  जी 5, भारत का सबसे बड़ा घरेलू वीडियो स्ट्रीमिंग प्लेटफॉर्म जिसने फॉरेंसिक ने...