Mira Nair's Son Zohran Mamdani Elected to New York State Assembly

Campaigning on housing for all, Zohran K Mamdani has won the race for a seat in the New York State Assembly

Published31 Jul 2020, 01:47 PM IST
The Indian American
2 min read

Indian filmmaker, Mira Nair's son and rapper, Zohran Mamdani is all set to enter New York State Assembly after defeating incumbent Democratic member, Aravella Simotas, winning the Democratic Party primary.

"I am running for State Assembly because it’s time to guarantee housing to all New Yorkers as a right, regardless of ability to pay. It’s time to desegregate our schools, fully eliminate cash bail, ban solitary confinement, fund and fix the MTA [Metropolitan Transportation Authority], end workplace discrimination, and fight for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice for the many, not the few." said Mamdani in his manifesto.

Son of noted the famous Indian-origin film-maker Nair and Ugandan scholar, Mahmood Mamdani, Zohran has been a housing counsellor for Chhaya CDC, a non-profit geared towards helping the working class hold on to their American Dream by fighting eviction and foreclosures.

Zohran Kwame Mamdani is all set to enter the New York State Assembly, winning the seat under his 'Roti and Roses' campaign.
Zohran Kwame Mamdani is all set to enter the New York State Assembly, winning the seat under his 'Roti and Roses' campaign.
(Photo: www.zohranforassembly.com)

'Roti and Roses'

Taking the classic political slogan 'Bread and Roses', and making it his own, Mamdani has been campaigning under the slogan '#RotiandRoses.'

"And the reason it's roti and roses is because we're both fighting for something universal and something specific, and the specificity is about being an Indian-American, a desi Muslim American running to represent our communities which have been shut out of the conversation for far too long.", Mamdani has stated in media interviews.

Zohran Kwame Mamdani and his campaign team announcing victory
Zohran Kwame Mamdani and his campaign team announcing victory
(Photo: Twitter/@ZohranKMamdani)

“Based on our internal tally, we finished ahead by over 300 votes — more than enough to avoid a recount & ensure our victory. Socialism won.”, announced Mamdani in a tweet.

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