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Kenya's political developments have directly affected the Indians called Asians.

They have always worried about their future in Kenya, worked hard as they prospered.

To conserve Kenyan currency being sent abroad by Indians and others, the Exchange Control Act was passed in 1965. Since the Indians mostly held British passports, Britain was worried about their huge influx and decided to pass a bill by February 1968.

When all tribal organisations were banned in 1980, hundreds of Asian only clubs were renamed.

Kenya enjoys cordial relations with India highlighted with the visit of India's President Sanjiva Reddy and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi within a few months of each other in 1981.

Lord Petre spoke of the gratitude he was aware those present felt to the British Government for assisting their immigration at such a dire time, but also said he felt this should not overshadow the gratitude due from Britain to the Ugandan Asians, who had brought their knowledge, innovation, and enthusiasm for work, and had contributed so much to the country since their arrival.

Lord Petre stressed that the government’s obligation to take the refugees was fulfilled. Praful Patel, Chair of the India Overseas Trust that has organised the year-long activities, welcomed Lord Petre’s tribute and added: ‘This occasion is a major event for the British Asian community and for Indo-British relations.

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