News Reading Practice #49

(100 Day Challenge)



Kallol Bhattacherjee

Nearly 52 years after Ugandan dictator Idi Amin expelled the Indian community from his country, President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni on Sunday called that move a "mistake" and expressed gratitude to the Indian community of Uganda for the service that they rendered over the decades. President Museveni's comment which came at the 19th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit held in the capital Kampala was a rare expression of regret about an event that has long been considered one of the traumatic incidents that struck the Indian diaspora in the 20th century.

"Uganda was moving very well in the 1960s and then we had a man called Idi Amin... He came and took over the government. We decided to fight him. But in the very short time he expelled our Asians... who had come from Asia and settled here," Mr. Museveni said.

In August 1972, Amin ordered the expulsion of Indians and other South Asians who were an integral part of the Ugandan life till that point. In the end, around 80,000 Indians and thousands of Pakistanis and Bangladesh citizens were expelled from Uganda. In recent years, several Indians who traced their roots to Uganda under Amin have come into prominence including former U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel.

 Speaking at the NAM summit, President Museveni recalled the contribution of Indians in building the economy of Uganda, and said the convention centre where the 19th NAM summit was held this year was also built by one of those who were affected by Amin's decision.

 "When we came into government, we brought them back and gave back properties of our Asian citizens that Idi Amin had taken. We had a hot debate in the Parliament but we said 'no', they must get back their properties,” said Mr. Museveni.


REGRET: Feeling sorry or remorseful about something.

EXPULSION: Forcing someone to leave a place, often involuntarily.

DICTATOR: A ruler with absolute power and authority, often obtained and maintained through force.

EXPEL: Forced to leave or removed from a place.

GRATITUDE: Thankfulness or appreciation for something received.

RENDER: Provided or contributed in a specific way.

REGRET: A feeling of sadness or disappointment about something that has happened.

TRAUMATIC: Causing emotional distress or suffering.

DIASPORA: The dispersion or spread of people from their original homeland.

INTEGRAL: Essential or necessary for completeness.

TRACED THEIR ROOTS: Followed or identified their ancestral origins.

PROMINENCE: Being widely recognized or notable.

RECALLED: Remembered or brought back to memory.

CONTRIBUTION: The act of giving or doing something to help achieve a common goal.

ECONOMY: The system of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services within a region.

HOT DEBATE: Intense or heated discussion on a particular topic.