The Jarawas, A Aboriginal Tribe From The Great Andaman Islands

 The Andaman Islands are home to a  aboriginal tribe. This tribe which number about 400 have been inhabitating these islands for thousands of years. Perhaps these aboriginal tribes would have continued living in the islands and nobody would have noticed, but for a video that surfaced in London. The videa showed  some half naked tribal women dancing and begging for food. This was a clear case of exploitation.

The Jarawas plight was highlighted and the home minister Chidambram stepped in. He flew down to the Andaman islands on 21 Jan 2011 and examined all aspects including the plight of the Jarawas.

There was a follow up by the police and 2 operators incuding a taxy driver who had ferried the foreign tourists were arrested.

Who are the Jarawas?  They are an


aboriginal tribe who had migrated from Africa about 65000-75000 years back. Scientists have concluded that these Jarawas are descendents from the 4 original negroid tribes from Africa. At that time the Andaman islands were connected to Africa by land, but the sea rose up and these tribes never went back. Rising waters thus isolated the tribes.

The Jarawas are a rare aboriginal specis of man and its important that they be looked after. Such a tribe is rare in the anthropoligical history of the world. The Jarawas lived in isolation for thousands of years and now are in touch with Indians and tourists. One hopes that the Jarawas can live their normal life and don't become extinct as the dodo.



Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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