After earning a master’s degree in biology, Nikki Haley’s father, Ajit Randhawa, emigrated to Canada for his doctoral studies in 1964. His wife, Raj Randhawa, and son joined him a year later. While she was pregnant with their second child, Raj worked multiple jobs at a post office, childcare, retail, and typed papers for college students. In 1969, the family moved to South Carolina when Ajit accepted a job teaching biology at Voorhees College. Haley’s parents settled in Bamberg, South Carolina, a small town close to the Voorhees campus, where she and her younger brother were born. Ajit remained at the college for 29 years, and he was honored with the Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award during his career. By the time he retired in 1998, Ajit was Chairman of the Division of Natural Sciences, Math and Computer Sciences at Voorhees College.
Haley noted in her memoir that her parents have had a lifelong interest in religions in addition to their Sikh faith. According to his LinkedIn profile, Ajit is a member of Interfaith Partners of South Carolina. In 2009, he wrote “Evolution of Faith and Religion – An Exploration.” Ajit describes his book as “an insight into six world religions anchored by faith – the common thread.”
In January 2024, Haley paused campaigning in the Republican Presidential Primary so she could return to South Carolina and visit Ajit, who is reported to have cancer, while he was in the hospital.
Post source: The List