There are currently over 10,000 Indians in Zimbabwe, mostly as businessmen. Indians started arriving at the end of the 19th century when the territory was still known as Southern Rhodesia. Their further immigration were restricted after 1923 when the colony became a self-administered territory of United Kingdom. They gradually prospered and established themselves and their families.
Recent developments have been very disturbing, as the Indian community has now become the target of Zimbabwe's black veterans of the Rhodesian Bush War, who over the past two years seized white farmers' property without any compensation. The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association would now target Indians in the country who are mostly in business. The Indian professionals have mostly fled the country when its economy tumbled following lawlessness that has been prevalent over the last few years. Meanwhile, the Mugabe government has undertaken policies that redistributes land from white families to native Africans.