Indians in Tanzania

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Indians in Tanzania
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Total population
c. 70,000
Regions with significant populations
Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar
English, Gujarati, Hindi
Islam, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism
Related ethnic groups
Non-resident Indian and Person of Indian Origin, Desi

There are currently over 70,000 people of Indian origin in Tanzania. Many of them are traders and they control a sizeable portion of the Tanzanian economy. Indians have a long history in Tanzania starting with the arrival of Gujarati traders in the 19th century. They came to gradually control the trade in Zanzibar. Many of the buildings constructed then still remain in Stone Town, the focal trading point on the island.

Post independence, the leadership of Julius Nyerere ensured peaceful transition and equal representation for all Tanzanian people, thus escaping the conflicted path taken by Kenya and Uganda.

Still some Indians migrated overseas to the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. Some have achieved great prominence, most notably the late Freddie Mercury (born Farouk Bulsara into the Parsi community of Stone Town, who reached fame as the lead singer of the rock group Queen).

Notable Tanzanian people of Indian descent[edit]

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