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Iqbal Chand Chopra

(1896-1976), Lawyer and businessman

Sitter in 2 portraits
Son of Lala Gunga Ram Chopra, a prominent vakil before the Punjab courts, Iqbal Chopra and his two siblings were reared from early childhood by their widowed mother. Iqbal attended King's Inn, Dublin and Middle Temple. He worked as a barrister in Lahore High Court. He emmigrated to East Africa where his eventually changed when he was instructed to take care of the legal affairs of Canadian Geologist Dr. John Thorburn Williamson, an independent prospector who went on to discover the most extensive diamond deposit. Chopra and Williamson's collaboration was incorporated as Williamson Diamonds Ltd. Chopra was the first Indian in Africa to 'take silk' as King's Council. after which he launched into a political career working with legislative and executive councils of Tanganyika, fulfilling various government functions and was involved with the imperial dynamics of the Musandwi mine and global diamond industry.

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Iqbal Chand Chopra, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x188567

Iqbal Chand Chopra

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 19 February 1947
NPG x188567

Iqbal Chand Chopra, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x188568

Iqbal Chand Chopra

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 19 February 1947
NPG x188568

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Rashmikant Rajani

20 October 2020, 21:32

I think the School in Mwanza Tanzanoa was named after him and also state building was named after him

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