I’m a reading a book written about a round-the-world motorcycle journey in the early 1970s (”Jupiter’s Travels). He describes meeting up with many Indians who were traveling “on business”. When he discussed it more with one of them over dinner, basically he was born and raised in Kenya, the crown abandoned them and he was a man without a country (the British Consulate took his passport).
He also explained the differences between Zambia and Rhodesia (N & S Rhodesia) in stark contrast. He had to go over to Botswana in order to get from Zambia to Rhodesia. This was in 1973.
I honestly didn’t know much about this history.
Freddie Mercury’s family was booted from the island of Zanzibar as the British withdrew from East Africa; they moved to Britain. The Indians in the East African colonies were unceremoniously shown the door by the blacks, who felt that as the merchant class the Indians hadn’t actually contributed anything but rather profited from black labor; they weren’t allowed to take wealth with them.
The indians actually were the African “Jews” — providing the lifeblood of trading and commerce in much of the continent