>> A very long way from Washington celebrations in a sleepy Indian village. The family of Nikki Haley cheering her appointment as US ambassador to the United Nations. Under President-elect Donald Trump.>> We are very happy, our happiness has no bounds. Since this this news came to us, we're getting congratulatory messages from New Delhi and Mumbai.
>> Haley may have made her name as Governor of South Carolina, but she's the daughter of Sikh immigrants from Punjab state.>> Her name at birth, Nimrata Randhawa, but known to her classmates as Nikki. She's only visited India a few times in her life and speaks no Punjabi.
>> It's going to be very good for Indians because when a person from India is at a higher position, so it's definitely going to affect the people living around them.>> India's government is also hailing Haley's appointment saying immigration has always given the two nations something to bond over.
Critics say Haley lacks the foreign policy experience for her new role, but like certain corners of the Republican Party, India is celebrating her as part of a younger, more diverse generation of leaders.