Raj Kaur received a law degree from the University of Delhi.
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday revealed that her mother was denied the chance to sit on the bench as a judge because she was a woman.
â€œWhen you didnâ€™t have a lot of education in India, my mother actually was able to go to a law school. And she was actually put up to be one of the first female judges in India, but because of the situation with women she wasnâ€™t allowed to sit on the bench,â€ Haley was speaking about the role of women in a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations.
â€œHow amazing for her to watch her daughter become governor of South Carolina and US ambassador to UN,â€ Haley said.
Haley, the first Indian American to reach the cabinet-level position in the US, was born as Nimrata Randhawa in Bamberg, South Carolina. Her parents Ajit Singh and Raj Kaur Randhawa emigrated from Amritsar to Canada in early 1960s and then moved to United States in 1969. Raj Kaur received a law degree from the University of Delhi.
Haley, a Republican, also answered questions about President Trumpâ€™s travel ban that restrict the entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries to the US.
â€œWe will never close our doors in the US. But what we did do was take a pause,â€ she said, and added that the move is not about not wanting people in, but about keeping terrorists out.
â€œI am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants, who reminded my brothers, my sister and me every day how blessed we were to be in this country,â€ Haley said.