Forgotten history: The legacy of Indians expulsion from Uganda 50 years ago

By Jaysim Hanspal
Posted on Monday, 7 November 2022 09:47

The King joins celebrations at Buckingham Palace to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of British Asians from Uganda to the United Kingdom. (Photo: Twitter)

The UK was outraged when Uganda expelled its Indian community 50 years ago. Today the British are the ones adopting harsh immigration policies.

On 2 November Buckingham Palace celebrated the 50th anniversary of the expulsion of the Indian community from Uganda by dictator Idi Amin.

On 4 August 1972, Idi Amin, then President of Uganda, gave the South Asian population in the country just 90 days to leave, leading to a mass exodus of Ugandan Asians. Some 40,000 migrated to the United Kingdom.

Amin attributed his decision to a dream in which God personally told the president to “exorcise” the country of its approximately 80,000 Asian residents.