Rushdie, Jhumpa, Kiran Desai
rally for Obama
York, Oct 4 (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.
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.
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.
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.
400 people were expected to attend the ticketed event, with
the funds going to Obama's campaign.
year-old SAFO works to mobilise South Asians in favour of