Brown Man Black Country: A Peep into Kenya's Freedom Struggle

by J. M. Nazareth

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Kenya today under the able leadership of President Moi is a beacon for the whole African continent. A luscious and beautiful country situated near the equator, Kenya has the best ties with India and is developing fast. How did Indians go to Africa? This is an absorbing question. They did .....more


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Kenya today under the able leadership of President Moi is a beacon for the whole African continent. A luscious and beautiful country situated near the equator, Kenya has the best ties with India and is developing fast.

How did Indians go to Africa? This is an absorbing question. They did not go to make money as is commonly believed. They went to construct roads and railways, bring the sprawling Kenyan lands under the plough and help in opening out East Africa for development. The small trader ("Dukawala") was a catalyst in opening up th interior.

When the drums of freedom sounded in India their echoes were heard in Africa. The British lost no time in planting a wedge between Indians and Africans. Suddenly they developed concern for the "native". Ormsby Gore called Indians 'interlopers'. Indian efforts to join KANU proved initially futile. Meanwhile the British grabbed the most fertile Highlands and appropriate it to themselves.

From then on it was a struggle in which the Indian role was no less in spite of the British splitting the East African Congress. The Muslims had demanded and got the seperate electorate. "A dagger pointed at the heart of the community" as Nazareth says.

"The greatest triumph of European racism was the way in which it succeeded in deflecting African hostility from the European to a helpless scapegoat," says Nazareth.

These and hundreds more of startling facts the pen of one who came out of retirement to flight the spreading racail poison.

About the author:

Nairobi-born John Maximian Nazareth studied in Bombay (Mumbai) and later at the Inns of Court in London, where he was called to the Bar in 1933. A distinguished lawyer, subsequently appointed Queen's Counsel, he was awarded during his legal studies the Special Prize of the Council of Legal Education in Criminal Law (1931), the Poland Prize of the Inner Temple in Criminal Law (1931) and the Profumo Prize of the Inner Temple (1932). In Kenya, he served as the president of the EA Indian Congress from 1950 to 1952, and was an elected member of the Kenya Legislative Council from 1956 to 1960, representing the Western Electoral Area. He served as a pusine judge of the Supreme Court in 1953 and became president of the Kenya Law Society in 1954. He was president of the Gandhi Memorial Academy Society and chairman of the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Trust at the University of Nairobi.

Other details:

ISBN 0000000000000
Category Politics and Current Affairs
Language English
Edition First
Published in 1981
Publisher Tidings Publication
Condition Brand New
Pages 558
Width 5.5 inches
Height 8.5 inches
Tags East Indians , Kenya , Politics , Law

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