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Cinemas, Spices And Sport: Recollections Of Hindu Life In 1950s Northern Rhodesia

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Indian migration and settlement in Northern Rhodesia began in the early 1900s. The majority of Indians first entering Northern Rhodesia as Passengers, affording their own passage on the various steamships. The first groups of immigrants were skilled artisans or commercially driven traders. Unlike elsewhere in Africa, the Northern Rhodesia-bound Passengers were mostly Hindus from the Gujarat region of north-west India, new to Africa, and their numbers remained small until the mid-1940s. The 1950s was the era of great journeys, film circuits, spice exchanges; it was the era of inaugurations and sport. The Hindu associations and their community halls that figure so prominently in Hindu life in Zambia today were first started not as religious centres but as cinema houses and places of entertainment. It was in the 1950s that Hindus today recall the first feelings of collective belonging to Zambia.

Keywords: 1950s Northern Rhodesia; Hindu Life; Northern Rhodesia

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