Fifty years after expulsion, Asians are thriving again in Uganda
- November 17, 2022
- Anneeth Kaur Hundle, anthropology, The Economist, Nov. 17, 2022
The fairway hotel in Kampala, the capital, is a good place to ponder the changing fortunes of Uganda’s south Asians. It began life as the home of Bandali Jaffer, an Indian cotton trader. His son, a member of the first Ugandan parliament, turned it into a hotel to host a visiting pope. Then, in 1972, the dictator Idi Amin expelled the country’s 55,000 people of Indian descent and confiscated their property. ... The expulsion, which took place over three months and culminated 50 years ago this month, was a traumatic chapter, but not the final one. Today the hotel is back in the family, managed by Mr. Jaffer’s Canadian-born great-grandson Azhar. ... But the “insecurities of expulsion” linger, to borrow the title of a forthcoming book by Anneeth Kaur Hundle, an anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine.
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