Justin Trudeau greets His Highness the Aga Khan as he arrives in Ottawa, Canada, to celebrate his Golden Jubilee in 2008. Looking on are Senator Mubina Jaffer, left, and MP Yasmin Ratansi. Mr. Trudeau was then an MP for his Papineau riding in the Quebec. (Image credit: The Ismaili)

For Ugandan Ismaili refugees, Justin Trudeau, the new PM of Canada reminds them of the glory days when his father and the Aga Khan facilitated their settlement in Canada

This is the first time in Canadian history that a child of a former Prime Minister has followed in the footsteps of his father, and taken the top job in the country. The Liberals got a majority of 180 seats, but more, their victory signals a 180 degree turn from the divisive politics of the Conservative government. To me, today’s grand event of Justin Trudeau … Continue reading For Ugandan Ismaili refugees, Justin Trudeau, the new PM of Canada reminds them of the glory days when his father and the Aga Khan facilitated their settlement in Canada

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Reflection: Justin Trudeau’s victory, Uganda Asians, the Aga Khans & UNHCR

The election of Justin Trudeau as the prime minster of Canada has resonated with Uganda Ismailis everywhere because of Canada’s role in their resettlement after the expulsion of 1972. Dr Vali Jamal is writing a major book about the expulsion, called Uganda Asians: Then and Now, Here and There, We Contributed, We Contribute. In the book, Dr Jamal takes us through the role played by … Continue reading Reflection: Justin Trudeau’s victory, Uganda Asians, the Aga Khans & UNHCR

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Bhuj boy [Khoja Allidina Visram] turned African trade pioneer | The Times of India

 Khoja Allidina VisramVisram was well known for his immense philanthropy. He inspired thousands of peasants to immigrate from Kutch for a better future, and 90% of Ismailis settled in Uganda and Kenya owe him all that they are today .

Visram sponsored schools, hospitals and jamat khanas. Aga Khan III bestowed upon him the title of ‘Varas,  Vazier’, a first to any Indian.

Upon his passing away on June 30, 1916, a street in Kampala was named after him and his son Varas Abdul built a high school to commemorate the name of Allidina Visram – pioneer of prosperity in East Africa.

Uganda Asians, by Vali Jamal: Allidina Visram and Rashid Khamis
Uganda Asians, by Vali Jamal: Allidina Visram and Rashid Khamis

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A Monumental History of Asians in Uganda

A Monumental History Book of Asians in Uganda

A Monumental History Book of Asians in Uganda

A Kenyan Asian economist has spent seven years compiling the history of Asians in Uganda in a monumental book, reports KUL BHUSHAN

After putting in seven years of pain-staking research, away from his family, economist Dr Vali Jamal has almost completed his magnum opus – Uganda Asians: Then and Now, Here and There. Continue reading “A Monumental History Book of Asians in Uganda”

Vali Jamal: 1972 in Canada - Sherali Najak - Aga Khan was an honorary pallbearer

Vali Jamal: 1972 in Canada – Sherali Najak – Aga Khan was an honorary pallbearer

Enclosed are pages on hockey in Vali Jamal’s Uganda Asians book. Also enclosed a page on His Highness the Aga Khan – Pierre Elliott Trudeau friendship, and Mansbridge’s 1 on 1 in 2006.

Vali Jamal: 1972 in Canada - Sherali Najak - Aga Khan was an honorary pallbearer
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Mrs Shirinkhanu Nazarali Lalani passes away: Oldest member of the Uganda Asian Community

Mrs Shirinkhanu Nazarali Lalani passes away: Oldest member of the Uganda Asian Community

via Vali Jamal: I send you my heart-felt condolences on the passing away of family head Mrs Shirinbai Lalani, the oldest member of the Uganda Asian community in Uganda, with the unique distinction that she could count having seen seven generations of the family in Uganda. She was someone I made a point of meeting at the Jamatkhana and sometimes at her home. Samosas would … Continue reading Mrs Shirinkhanu Nazarali Lalani passes away: Oldest member of the Uganda Asian Community

The Observer Interview: Dr Jamal Vali chooses Uganda over Kenya, Canada

The Observer Interview: Dr Jamal Vali chooses Uganda over Kenya, Canada

SIMON KASYATE for observer.ug SUNDAY, 09 MARCH 2014: Dr Jamal Vali is a Ugandan of Asian origin, an economist who worked for the International Labour Organisation for 25 years. He holds a BA from Cambridge, and a PhD from Stanford University, and is currently writing a book on Ugandan Asians. Dr Vali told his story to Simon Kasyate on Capital radio’s Desert Island Discs programme. … Continue reading The Observer Interview: Dr Jamal Vali chooses Uganda over Kenya, Canada

Vali Jamal: A breakdown of the public’s reaction to the Aga Khan’s Parliament address

Vali Jamal: A breakdown of the public’s reaction to the Aga Khan’s Parliament address

DR. VALI JAMAL for Vancouverdesi.com The Aga Khan’s official visit to Canada to address the Parliament got mired in controversy as at the second big event Friday – a mass address in Toronto’s Massey Hall – the opposition parties were not invited. Vali Jamal, from Kampala, Uganda, analyzes the public’s reaction to the Highness’s parliamentary address by filtering through comments on news sites: I happened … Continue reading Vali Jamal: A breakdown of the public’s reaction to the Aga Khan’s Parliament address

Vali Jamal: When the Aga Khan speaks the world listens

Vali Jamal: When the Aga Khan speaks the world listens

DR. VALI JAMAL for Vancouver Desi The Aga Khan will be speaking as an honorary citizen of Canada in Ottawa on Thursday. The Aga Khan is the recipient of six honoris causa (honorary doctorates) from Canadian universities, the “owner” of three landmark institutions in Canada, the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims – and a world Muslim leader. When the Aga Khan speaks the world listens … Continue reading Vali Jamal: When the Aga Khan speaks the world listens

Canada Hockey Gold

Canada Hockey Gold

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Canada Hockey Gold

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Interview with Dr. Vali Jamal: ‘Original Asians have learnt their lesson but the common man doesn’t know who’s who’

Interview with Dr. Vali Jamal: ‘Original Asians have learnt their lesson but the common man doesn’t know who’s who’

via http://www.millenniumpost.in – 23 February 2014, New Delhi, Ruchi Ahuja Dr Vali Jamal, an Uganda Asian, and author of Uganda Asians – Then and Now, Here and There, in conversation with Ruchi Ahuja talks about the reason for the 1972 Uganda Asian expulsion, lessons for the future of the Asian community in Uganda and inspiration behind writing the book What is the truth behind Amin’s … Continue reading Interview with Dr. Vali Jamal: ‘Original Asians have learnt their lesson but the common man doesn’t know who’s who’

A Page from Vali Jamal's Book 'Uganda Asians': Arrival of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin in Kampala

A Page from Vali Jamal’s Book ‘Uganda Asians’: Arrival of 53rd Dai Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin in Kampala

I convey my condolences to the Bohra community on the passing away of the 52nd Dail ul Mutlaq Dr Syedna Mohammed Barhanuddin. I was lucky to have received the blessings of the-then 53rd Dai-designate and now the 53rd Dai Alqadir Muffadal Saifuddin Maula (TUS) on his historic visit to Kampala, Uganda, in July 2012. My book is blessed for that.. — Vali Jamal Something very … Continue reading A Page from Vali Jamal’s Book ‘Uganda Asians’: Arrival of 53rd Dai Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin in Kampala

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October 9, 2013: A historic day for Uganda Asians

On Uganda’s Independence Day, October 9, the President of Uganda His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni bestowed Uganda’s highest civilian medal on 21 Uganda Asians. The same number has been approved to be awarded at a later date. It is no secret that the names were derived from a book on Uganda Asians that one of the awardees Dr Vali Jamal is writing. October 9, 2013 – It was … Continue reading October 9, 2013: A historic day for Uganda Asians

From Vali Jamal's Book: Mansur Ibrahim Popat Charania - The good samaritan|mandhan

From Vali Jamal’s Book: Mansur Ibrahim Popat Charania – The good samaritan|mandhan

Born: Kaliro, Uganda, 1940. Distinction: Mukhi, Ottawa Jamat; Ismailia Voluntary Highwayman, Ottawa. Present location: Ottawa, Canada; interviewed at Aga Khan Mosque, Kampala, during a visit for the Aga Khan’s Golden Jubilee visit, August 2007 visit. He remembers a significant date for Ismailis and 1972. Notice the wordplay on Samari|TanManDhan. Tanmandhan = body mind and treasure (a person who gives = a Samaritan.) Click here to … Continue reading From Vali Jamal’s Book: Mansur Ibrahim Popat Charania – The good samaritan|mandhan

Hockey Night in Canada: Aga Khan and Ismaili Muslims

Hockey Night in Canada: Aga Khan and Ismaili Muslims

via Vali Jamal: Video broadcast for those outside of Canada who could not watch this earlier. Click here to Watch Video. Excerpt from Vali Jamal’s Book: 1972 in Canada You come a long way, Canada! Here’s the way the Golden Goal is covered in my book – and how Canada’s laws evolved over the years and the Uganda Asians’ success contributed to Canada adopting the … Continue reading Hockey Night in Canada: Aga Khan and Ismaili Muslims