An Initiative Is Aimed At Promoting Dialogue About HIV/AIDS In India
A group ofIndian writers is participating in an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that aims to promote publicdialogue about HIV/AIDS in the country and abroad, the Hindustan Times reports. According to the Times,15 writers will visit communities and families affected by the disease toexplore different aspects of India'sepidemic.
Parmeshwar Godrej, who is closely involved with the project, said the authors'works will be similar to news magazine articles and compiled together.
Theanthology will be published in August with a foreword by Indian writer AmartyaSen. Authors participating in the project are Salman Rushdie, WilliamDalrymple, Nalini Jones, Vikram Seth, Kiran Desai, Amit Chaudhuri, SiddharthaDeb, Nikita Lalwani, Sonia Faleiro, Shobhaa De, Jaspreet Singh, SiddharthDhanvant Shangvi, C.S. Lakshmi, Sunil Ganguly and Mukul Kesavan, the Timesreports. The Gates Foundation said it hopes the initiative will humanize theepidemic, according to the Times (Bhayana, Hindustan Times,1/19). According to estimates released earlier this year, about 2.5 millionpeople in Indiawere living with HIV/AIDS in 2006 (KaiserDaily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/21/07).
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