Out of india

East Africa and its South Asian diasporas

Authored by: Sana Aiyar

Routledge Handbook of the Indian Diaspora

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138942899
eBook ISBN: 9781315672571
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315672571.ch5

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Abstract

In July 1901, Harry Hamilton Johnston, British Commissioner to Uganda, declared East Africa to be “the America of the Hindu”. Eastern and Central Africa, he believed, were “suitable as a second home for the Indian race” because the climate, vegetation, and lingua franca “are so remarkably similar to those which prevail in India … the Indian scarcely feels in a strange land”. 1

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