CLEVELAND (TIP): In a first for the Republican Party, a Sikh-American woman opened the second day of the national convention here with the ‘Ardaas’- a Sikh prayer.
Harmeet Dhillon, vice chairwoman of the California Republican Party, delivered the Sikh prayer on the national stage here in Punjabi and then translated it into English.
It was the first such instance for the Republican National Convention but it was not the first time the 47-year-old San Francisco lawyer upended expectations, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Born in Chandigarh, she emigrated with her parents to England and then to the Bronx, New York.
Her father, an orthopedic surgeon, soon moved the family to rural Smithfield in central North Carolina.
“I think this is an inclusive party. I’ve never felt anything but included since Day One,” Dhillon was quoted as saying by The Mercury News.
Diversity was showcased by the party in Cleveland as when California’s Republicans formally proclaimed their support for Trump, the state party turned to Shirley Husar, who is black, to make the announcement.