South Carolina governor calls for removal of Confederate flag

Charleston (United States) (AFP) – South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley is leading escalating bipartisan calls for the removal of the controversial Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol, after last week’s deadly shooting at a black church in Charleston.

Nikki Haley was elected governor of South Carolina in 2010, becoming both the first female and Indian-American to fill the role.

Nikki Haley was born on January 20, 1972 in Bamberg, South Carolina, to Sikh immigrants. The Republican entered politics at a young age, and served in the South Carolina House of Representatives for several years before becoming governor of the state. In addition to being the first female governor in South Carolina, she is the first Indian-American, and the second Indian-American governor in the country after Bobby Jindal, of Louisiana.


South Carolina governor seems more concerned about slavery in the South 6 generations ago than in her country of origin today.

India Tops Global Slavery Index With Over 14 Million People Enslaved

Over 14 million adults and children are trapped in modern slavery in India today, a recent report has revealed, the most of any country in the world.

The 2014 Global Slavery Index collected data on 167 countries, each of which was cited as having some percentage of slavery affecting its population. In total, a staggering 35.8 million people are reportedly enslaved worldwide.

The three countries with the highest levels of slavery when population is taken into account were Mauritania with 4%, just under 4% in Uzbekistan, and Haiti’s 2.3%. Qatar, currently set to host the World Cup in 2022, was fourth with 1.4% of its population considered as living in slavery.

In sheer numbers, India’s 14.3 million reveals the prevalence of slavery in the country, making up nearly 40% of the number of people in slavery worldwide. The next highest modern slave populations were found in China with 3.2 million and Pakistan with 2.1 million.