Integration or isolation? A “Down To Earth” discussion on the fate of the Jarawa tribe – Andaman

Contact with the outside world has exposed the Jarawas to various dangers. Is isolation the best way to conserve? A debate

Numbering around 400, people of the Jarawa tribe occupy the lion’s share of land in South and Middle Andaman Islands, earmarked as Jarawa Tribal Reserve (JTR). This irks leaders of political parties and businesspeople, who often question the need for such a huge stretch of land for a handful of Jarawas. They also suggest and offer welfare measures for the Jarawas, not willing to realise the consequences these may have on the tribe. […]

“Administration created the malaise” – DENIS GILES is the Editor of Andaman Chronicles

“Jarawas want to integrate”
MOHAN HALDER is Sarpanch of Tushanabad Panchayat. He narrated this piece to Sayantan Bera

“The administration is a facilitator”
G THEVA NEETHI DHAS is Secretary, Tribal Welfare, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

“Listen, don’t command”
MANISH CHANDI is a research scholar with the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore, and member of the advisory board of the Department of Tribal Welfare and Andaman Nicobar Tribal Research Institute


Source: What ails the Jarawa people in the Andamans? | Down To Earth
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The main tribes living on different islands are the Great Andamanese, Onges, Jarawas, Sentinelene, Nicobarese and Shompens. The tribal population on the slands decreased from 29,469 in 2001to 28,530 in 2011—a decrease of 3.19 per cent. | Read more >>

Source: Tribal population of Andaman and Nicobar Islands has declined: census report | Down To Earth
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