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Commerce with the UniverseAfrica, India, and the Afrasian Imagination$
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Gaurav Desai

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164542

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164542.001.0001

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Lighting a Candle on Mount Kilimanjaro

Lighting a Candle on Mount Kilimanjaro

Partnering with Nyerere

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Commerce with the Universe

Gaurav Desai

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents a reading of three narratives of Asians in Tanganyika (later Tanzania) who played a central part in the project of nation building. All three narratives are of individuals who were recruited by President Nyerere to share in the task of nation building and who did so with considerable enthusiasm for his sense of ethics and leadership. Sophia Mustafa's The Tanganyika Way is a narrative that charts the unlikely rise of an Asian woman in postcolonial Tanganyikan politics. Al Noor Kassum's Africa's Winds of Change: Memoirs of an International Tanzanian is a narrative of a relatively wealthy young man finding his political voice and vocation as an advocate for universal and racially integrated education. J. K. Chande's A Knight in Africa: Journey from Bukene is an account of an uneasy but willful partnership between a formerly private businessman and the postcolonial state that has relieved him of all of his assets.

Keywords:   Tanzania, narratives, Asians, nation building, President Nyerere, memoirs, Sophia Mustafa, Al Noor Kassum, J. K. Chande

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