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Rishi Sunak’s grandfather aided Kenyans revolt against British in 1950s: report | World News


British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s grandfather reportedly helped Kenyan freedom fighters organize an uprising against British rule in the 1950s. The Daily Mail reports that Rishi Sunak’s grandfather, Ramdas Sunak, trained with Kenyan mau mau fighters while serving in the UK and provided them with guerrilla skills.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak attends a press conference. (Associated Press)

Ramdas Sunak started out as a clerk and then worked as a senior administrator in the finance and justice departments, the report said. When he was young, he came to Nairobi, Kenya from Punjab, India. Through his childhood friend Mahan Singh, who was also from Punjab, he participated in the country’s freedom movement and became a well-known trade union member in Kenya.

After Kenya was freed, Ramdas Sunak moved to the UK after facing racism in the country. The report further stated that he later settled in Southampton, where he helped found the Vedic Society Hindu Temple.

Who are the Mau Mau fighters in Kenya?

The Mau Mau fighters – a group of Kenyan nationalists – played an important role in the struggle for independence from British colonial rule in the 1950s. The armed movement is largely composed of members of Kenya’s largest Kikuyu ethnic group.

The Mau Mau Uprising began in 1952 against British colonial policies. The fighters employed a variety of guerrilla tactics, including ambushes, raids, and acts of sabotage, through which they targeted colonial officials and Africans loyal to the British government. In 1952, the United Kingdom declared a state of emergency and launched military operations against Mau Mau fighters.


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