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Imperial Narcotic

Neal Ascherson, 18 November 2021

We’re Here Because You Were There: Immigration and the End of Empire 
by Ian SanjayPatel.
Verso, 344 pp., £20, April 2021, 978 1 78873 767 8
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... independence.Such nonsense! It’s still humiliating that anyone accepted that bedtime story. As Ian Patel writes in We’re Here because You Were There, decolonisation ‘was from a British perspective uncontrollable, unwanted and unexpected. Direct imperial rule was dissolved largely in two currents of anti-colonial nationalism in Asia in the 1940s ...

The Asian Question

Mahmood Mamdani: On Leaving Uganda, 6 October 2022

... to its own citizenship laws, and another layer to the complexities facing Uganda’s Asians. As Ian SanjayPatel argues in We’re Here because You Were There, the 1968 Commonwealth Immigrant Act ‘was the first immigration law specifically designed to target non-white British citizens not resident or born in ...

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