Uganda and East Africa’s leading business mogul Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has been re-appointed by the Indian Association of Uganda (IAU) as a board member on its new Board of Trustees
Sudhir’s re-election was confirmed during Sunday’s meeting at the Indians association offices in Kampala. His first appointment to the position came in November 2019.
Other members elected on the New IAU Board of Trustees include; Munnangi Sita, Goutam Das, Dharmesh Patel, Ashwin Kumar Patel, Chacko Babu and Koduvayur Parasuraman.
The Indian Association of Uganda was established in 1922 to foster unity and development.
In 1972 President Idi Amin Dada ordered expelled Indians from Uganda accusing them of benefiting more economically than indigenous Ugandan, which marked the journey of slowing the country’s economy as factories and other businesses collapsed as they were put in hands of poor Ugandan managers.
However, since the Indian communities returned to the country in the 1980s and 1990s and reinstated the association members have worked hard to improve their relations and participated in charitable activities aimed at helping the disadvantaged in Uganda.
One of their biggest achievements as stated on their website is “eradicating the Indophobia from the Ugandan African community.” As a result, over 27000 Indians living in Uganda with the peaceful life and both communities are socially and economically helping each other’s and working towards the development of Uganda.
In fact the Indian community that makes up less than 1 percent of the Ugandan population is said to contribute to 65 per cent of the country’s tax revenue.
The association coordinates charity activities of the members giving back to the Ugandan society that their family lineages have called home for over 100 years.
The charities include but are not limited to scholarships for education, blood donation and free medical camps.