Idi Amin was making life very difficult for Indians there, trying to kick us out. I got a scholarship to Oxford and left as a young girl.
How did that experience shape your writing?
I’ve always felt I don’t belong anywhere. Not African, not Indian, certainly not English.
You’re seen as a liberal writer. What sort of expectations does that create?
Blacks and Asians say I should never criticise our own communities. But we have to examine ourselves to move ahead.
How do you view New Labour’s role in Iraq?
I have no words to describe the utter shame I feel for voting for Tony Blair. He should be tried in an international court.
Why did you return your MBE?
I didn’t agree with the war and I don’t buy this concept of a ‘New Empire’. The poet Benjamin Zepheniah shamed me into it live on TV.
Was there a change in attitude towards young Asian Muslims in Britain after 7/7?
There were backlashes, sometimes violent. But like America,...