New Delhi: Johran Qaome Mamdani, the 29-year-old son of Indian-American filmmaker Mira Nair and Ugandan educationist Mahmud Mamdani, has made history today. Johran, son of Mira Nair, and her Queens resident partner Jennifer Prince have become one of the first South Asians to win a seat in the New York State Legislature. He was unopposed to represent Queens’ neighbor Astoria.
Officially confirming the news of his victory, Mamdani tweeted, ‘This is official news, we have won. I am going to Albany to pay taxes on the rich, to provide health care to the sick, to house the poor, and to make New York socialist. But I can’t do it alone. To get socialism, the whole working class has to unite and make a huge movement. Let us all stand together.
It’s official: We won.
I am going to Albany to collect taxes on the rich, to heal the sick, to house the poor, and to fight for a socialist New York.
But I can’t do it alone. We also need a mass movement of the multidimensional working class to win socialism.
– Johran Kwame Mamdani (@ Johran K Mamdani) November 420, 20
Who is Johar Mamdani?
Johran is an Indian-Ugandan-American politician, housing consultant and hip-hop artist. He was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. He moved to New York City when he was 7 years old. In 2014, he graduated from Bowdoin College and worked as a consultant. As a hip-hop artist, Johran has released several hip-hop songs, the most famous of which is ‘Nani’ in 2019.
This is Johann’s goal
Johran writes about his work and goals on his website. Regarding his job as a housing counselor, Johran said, “It’s a difficult job, but it’s not just that I have to negotiate with banks that make a profit from people.” Or it may take months to follow up. In fact, it is difficult because every day I learn the fact that all these misfortunes do not always exist. This is the result of decades of pro-corporate and pro-land policy in Albany. Our representatives have converted family homes into investment property at a time when public housing is declining.
In 2019, he first campaigned for the 366th District of the New York State Legislature, which includes the cities of Astoria and Long Island in Queens. The primary goal of Johran is to ensure housing and healthcare for all. He wants to bring about positive change in the racist police system by cutting the budget of the New York Police Department (NYPD).