Person Year of the
AZIZ HANIFFA salutes South Carolina Governor NIKKI HALEY,
INDIA ABROAD PERSON OF THE YEAR 2010
OFFICE OF GOVERNOR NIKKI HALE Y
Governor Nikki Haley with a flight crew from the Charleston Air Force Base, which flew a Boeing-made C17 to the Paris Air Show recently. She was in the French capital
to build South Carolina’s brand as an aerospace hub
When Nimrata ‘Nikki’ Randhawa Haley won the general election against her Democratic opponent Vincent Sheheen November2,2010, she become South Carolina’s first
woman and first Indian-American Governor.
It was a historic win in the largely conservative
state — one that first seceded from the Union
when Abraham Lincoln, who promised to emancipate the slaves, was elected President.
What made Haley’s triumph overwhelming was
also the significance of her victory in the primary
and subsequent run-off against her fellow
Republican opponent, the precursor to her ultimate gubernatorial victory.
Here, State Representative Haley, in an amazing
come-from-behind victory, beat back the worst of
South Carolina politics — with racial overtones
and unsubstantiated allegations of infidelity
against her — to trounce Gresham Barrett, win-
ning 65 percent of the vote.
From the Editors
For being the first woman and
first Indian-American governor
in a largely conservative state;
for triumphing over historic
odds and pulling off an amazing win to become the face of
the New South; and for
encouraging a new generation
of Indian-American political
aspirants, we honor Nikki
Haley with the India Abroad
Person of the Year 2010.