Ugandans in India

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Ugandans in India
Total population
Regions with significant populations
New Delhi · Mumbai · Chennai
English · Gujarati · Tamil
Hinduism · Islam · Sikhism · Catholicism
Related ethnic groups
Indians in Uganda · Siddi

There is a small community of Ugandans in India consisting largely but not exclusively of Ugandans of Indian descent.

Migration History[edit]

Immigration from Uganda to India began in the 1970s when Idi Amin, President of Uganda, gave Uganda's Asians (mostly Gujaratis of Indian origin) 90 days to leave the country,[1] following an alleged dream in which, he claimed, God told him to expel them. In addition, Amin was eloquent in defending the expulsion in terms of giving Uganda back to the ethnic Ugandans.[2] About a thousand Ugandan Asians fled to India after the expulsion as well as other countries such as Canada, Kenya, Pakistan, West Germany, Malawi, and the United States.[3]

There are over 800 Ugandan students in India, which has emerged as a preferred destination for higher studies among African nations. Kampala is keen to sign a pact with New Delhi to make it easier for study visas and short-term job permits.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The 1976 Bollywood film, Charas focuses on an Ugandan Indian moving to India due to the expulsion.
  • In the 2009 Bollywood movie 3 Idiots, the comedic character Chatur Ramalingam or "The Silencer" (played by Omi Vaidya) is portrayed as a college nerd who is an ethnic Tamil born in Uganda.[5]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "1972: Asians given 24 hours to leave Uganda". BBC On This Day. 7 August 1972. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  2. ^ Jørgensen, Jan Jelmert (1981). Uganda: a modern history. Taylor & Francis. pp. 288–290. ISBN 978-0-85664-643-0. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Abdu Basajabaka Kawalya Kasozi and Nakanyike Musisi and James Mukooza Sejjengo. The Social Origins of Violence in Uganda, 1964-1985. 1994, page 119
  4. ^ Uganda seeks easier study visas, job permits in India
  5. ^ ‘Loser lingo’ catches on: Deccan Chronicle