Africa: The Confident Kinsmen

The biggest industrialists in East Africa are neither black natives nor British settlers but four enterprising Indians—the Madhvani brothers—who run 18 companies worth $30 million in Uganda, Kenya and Tanganyika. They stand at the peak of a bulging settlement of clever, clannish Indians, who came to work on the railroads at the turn of the century and stayed to do well in commerce. Unlike most of the clan, now fearful of the future under independent African rule and sending their savings abroad, the young Madhvanis are determined to remain and are vigorously expanding to prove it. Says the senior...

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