Kolkata, Nov 11: The renowned South African writer and Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer, much famous for her campaign against apartheid, has camped in India, Kolkata. At a ceremony held in Kolkata, Gordimer was all praises for the newly elected US President Barack Obama.
Attending a lecture tour in Kolkata on Tuesday the writer spoke of Obama being the man who is capable of doing what is needed to end racism.
Gordimer also brought out a view different from all others, “I have a view of it that I`m sorry to say has not been expressed sufficiently. And that is, right, he (Obama) is celebrated as a black man. But it is not pointed out that he is half white and half black.”
“To me that symbolically represents a kind of advance in recognising the human tribe as one. In other words, he is bringing together within his own DNA, his blood, what we all wish to see -- the end of racism. I hope this symbolism means something.”