INDIAN DIASPORIC ARTISTS FOR OBAMA – MIRA NAIR, RUSHDIE AND MORE

Folowing Barack Obama’s historic election victory –
from the site: THAINDIAN NEWS,  two articles which I reproduce without further comment.
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Obama tributes from India’s most acclaimed women in films

November 6th, 2008 – 2:13 pm ICT by IANS –

 
New York, Nov 6 (IANS) Barack Obama’s election as US president is historic not just for Americans but for people the world over, say three of Indian cinema’s best known women – Deepa Mehta, Mira Nair and Shabana Azmi. Tributes to the president-elect who will be the first African American in the White House poured in Wednesday at the the opening of the five-day MIAAC Film Festival of Indian Independent and Diaspora films.

“It is an amazing, amazing victory for people of all colour, for people who have been disenfranchised,” said Indian Canadian director Mehta, who was in New York for the screening of her newest film “Heaven on Earth”.

“Obama as (US) president is the best news of the century,” Mehta told IANS.

India-born New York-based Mira Nair, who campaigned for Obama, said emphatically: “Anything is possible”.

Last month, Nair had organised a literary meet in support of Obama. It was attended by literary giants of Indian origin like Salman Rushdie, Kiran Desai, Jhumpa Lahiri, Suketu Mehta and Manil Suri.

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http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/politics/rushdie-jhumpa-kiran-desai-rally-for-obama_100103531.html

Rushdie, Jhumpa, Kiran Desai rally for Obama

October 4th, 2008 – 8:49 pm ICT by IANS –

Half a dozen celebrated authors of Indian origin, including Salman Rushdie, were scheduled to speak here later Saturday in support of Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama at an event organized by the South Asians for Obama (SAFO) group.Rushdie, a British citizen now living in the US, was to join Indian American writers Jhumpa Lahiri, Kiran Desai, Suketu Mehta, Manil Suri and Akhil Sharma at the event, to be emceed by filmmaker Mira Nair.

“It is a rare occasion that such eminent writers, winners of Bookers and Pulitzers, are coming together to speak about politics – and they obviously support Senator Obama,” an event spokesperson told IANS.

“They will be free to read passages relevant to the occasion from their own or others’ work or speak about why they support Obama,” he added.

About 400 people were expected to attend the ticketed event, with the funds going to Obama’s campaign.

The year-old SAFO works to mobilise South Asians in favour of Obama.

 

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