Suriname VP's Indian roots

Suriname VP's Indian roots

The Indian roots of Suriname Vice President Michael Ashwin Adhin, chief guest at the Youth Pravasi Divas event, go back to 144 years. His great-great-great-grand father from Uttar Pradesh was taken as an indentured labourer to the South American country to work in sugarcane fields.

The 36-year-old leader said the Dutch hired labourers from India to work in sugarcane fields in its colony of Suriname to replace African workers, following the abolition of slavery.

“Today, 30% of Suriname’s population comprises people of Indian origin, besides Afro-Surinames and Japanese who immigrated from Indonesia,” Adhin said.

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