In 1863 slavery in Suriname, South America was abolished and the African people working as slaves on plantations refused to do this any longer. The plantation rulers then started looking for cheap labor in the neighboring countries of Suriname. From 1868, Hindustani contract workers had been working on Surinamese plantations. They had worked in British Guiana and they worked in Suriname. The Dutch, who had colonized Suriname, decided to get people from the British Indies.
One of the most important immigration of Suriname began with the arrival of the Hindustani contract workers. Hindustanis are a population group in Suriname and Netherlands of Indian or other South Asian descent. In Suriname, the Hindustani people make up around 27% of the total population of 580,000 citizens. The Hindu culture and traditions are the national waves of immigration of more than 150 years ago. After the slaughter of slavery, the Hindustanis were of great importance to the plantations. Being skeptical for an uncertain future in India almost 65% of the labor stayed back in Suriname.
The Hindustanis have left a positive mark in the history of Suriname. In short, their generations are still in Suriname and have over time developed very successfully.