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Indian Political Activism In Colonial Zambia: The Case Of Livingstone’s Indian Traders

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The theme of Indian political activities in colonial Zambia has not been explored systematically since the publication of Floyd and Lillian Dotson's forty-year-old The Indian Minority of Zambia, Rhodesia and Malawi. The observations made by the cited scholars are explored in this chapter in the context of Indian political activism in Livingstone from 1950 to 1964. The chapter's main argument is that the Livingstone Indians' political activism was driven by the desire to ameliorate the disabilities suffered by their community, particularly as regards impediments to their social well-being and the growth of their business enterprises. It argues that when the issue of Federation came to the fore, the Indians in Livingstone opposed it as it was perceived to be detrimental to their interests. The chapter also argues that a minority of Indian traders identified themselves with African nationalism right from its nascent stage.

Keywords: African nationalism; colonial Zambia; Federation Period; Indian political activism; Indian traders; Livingstone British Indian Association



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