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Indians in Uganda

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Indians in Uganda

Ugandan Indians
Regions with significant populations
Kampala, Jinja
English, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil
Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam
Related ethnic groups
Non-resident Indian and Person of Indian Origin, Desi

There is a small community of people of Indian origin living in Uganda, but it is far less than in previous times. In the late 19th century, mostly Sikhs, were brought on three-year contracts, with the aid of Imperial British contractor Alibhai Mulla Jeevanjee to build the Uganda Railway from Mombasa to Kisumu by 1901, and to Kampala by 1931. Some died, while others returned to India after the end of their contracts, but few chose to stay. They were joined by Gujarati traders called "passenger Indians",[1] both Hindu and Muslim free migrants who came to serve the economic needs of the indentured labourers, and to capitalise on the economic opportunities.

Over time, Indians became very prosperous and dominated the entire economy, which led to resentment by some. After independence, these resentments came to a crisis when Idi Amin ousted Milton Obote by military coup d'état in 1971. The following year Amin ordered the expulsion of Asians living in Uganda.

As a result, many Indians migrated to the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere and began rebuilding their lives. However, since Idi Amin's death more Indians who were born in Uganda started migrating back.

Notable Ugandan people of Indian descent

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