May 11, 2006

From Uganda to Britain: Success follows Indians

Immediately after he pulled off his '72 coup against President Oboto in Uganda, strongman Idi Amin -- full title: His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular (and also, curiously, King of Scotland) --decreed Africa should be for Africans. One of his first decisions as lord of beasts and fishes was to eject all the Asians -- some 40,000 or so, who were third generation descendants of Indians who had come to work for the British colonial administration during the days of Empire and who, when the British Empire was dissolved, created commercial enterprises.

Two generations of Asian immigrants have had an extraordinary impact on British business. The Daily Telegraph today publishes details of Britain's richest Asians, in association with Eastern Eye, Britain's biggest selling south-Asian newspaper.;jsessionid=X2VFZ1FTNR44BQFIQMGSFFWAVCBQWIV0?xml=/money/2006/04/19/cnasian19.xml&menuId=242&sSheet=/portal/2006/04/19/ixportal.html

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