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    Nimrata 'Nikki' Randhawa Haley, who in 2010 conquered the odds to be elected South Carolina's first woman and first India n-American governor, was on Friday conferred the India Abroad Person of the Year Award 2010, at a glittering presentation ceremony in New York City.



    The event saw about 400 of the biggest names in the Indian-American community come together at a venue that celebrates the Indian-American journey – The Pierre, a Taj Hotel . The historic hotel -- which stands on Fifth Avenue, overlooking Central Park, and has been featured in films, books and television shows – provided the ideal stage to celebrate the community's stars.






    Haley's story is impossible to resist.






    When she first appeared on the South Carolina political scene in 2004, the odds were stacked against her. She was an Indian American in a largely conservative state. She was a woman taking on the old boy network. She was the daughter of immigrants who had arrived in the United States in the 1960s, fighting an incumbent who had been in power for 30 years and belonged to a family that had lived in the country since the 1600s. She was, to most people, 'Nikki who?'



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    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!


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    Undeterred, undaunted and armed only with support from family and friends, grit, determination to change the old order and a smile, Haley campaigned the old-fashioned way. She knocked on doors, introduced herself and her goals; she fought off a rival campaign with racial undertones and sleazy political tactics with dignity. And then the dark horse galloped ahead.

    Haley defeated an opponent no one imagined could have lost to a rookie and entered the South Carolina House of Representatives. While others considered it the finishing line, Haley knew she had just begun.

    Last year, aged just 38, she took on the odds once again. And won once again, becoming America's youngest governor, taking the mantle away from fellow Indian-American Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.

    Governor Haley was chosen The India Abroad Person of the Year 2010 for making history thus, for becoming the face of the New South and second-generation Indian Americans.

    Since its inception in 2002, the awards presented by India Abroad -- the oldest and most widely-circulated Indian-American weekly newspaper, published from five locations in North America, and owned by ABC have become the most coveted community honor in the country. Celebrating achievements across a wide spectrum, this year, 14 awards were presented in seven categories.

    After a pre-event cocktail hour in the Cotillion Ballroom the setting for Al Pacino's memorable tango scene from Scent Of A Woman -- the event kicked off in the grand ballroom with India Abroad Publisher and Founder, Chairman and CEO Ajit Balakrishna addressing how things had changed for the Indian-American community in the four decades of India Abroad's existence, and how the IAPOY Awards had grown from one awardee in 2002 to 14 this year to reflect the community's evolution and success.

    The awards ceremony hosted by the witty and charming Sreenath Sreenivasan, professor, Columbia University Journalism School, for the seventh time in eight years -- began with an eye on the future the rising stars of the community.
    Wo Acha Hay Tou Behtar, Bura Hay Tou Bhi Qabool
    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!


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