‘ISLANDS IN FLUX’ BOOK REVIEW

‘Islands in flux’ is written by Pankaj Sekhsaria who is researcher, photographer, campaigner an academic. He has worked extensively in the field of environment and wildlife conservation with a particular focus on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Where are these Andaman & Nicobar Islands?

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are located in Bay of Bengal in India. These island are cluster of over 500 small islands close to south-east Asian peninsula, which became part of India in 1947 when British left.

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Getting-there-mapANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS ON MAP

These islands spreads across the total distance of 8249 sq.km (Andaman 6408 sq.km & Nicobar 1841 sq.km). The 35% of this land is tribal reserve and only 24 islands are inhabited.

The capital city of this place is Port Blair which is about 1200Kms from Chennai and Kolkata (India).

 

What is this Book About?

Two decades of research, dedication & knowledge compiled in this 250-page book. I found out  that I really didn’t know anything about these islands which are part of my own country.

Several untouched tribes called Great Andamanese, Jarawas, Sentinelese and Onges are living in these islands, having history dating back to 40,000 years in the past.

Unknowingly just for the sake of our pleasure we endangered these untouched tribes. For example, Government built a road (ATR) through Jarawa tribal reserve which after lead to series business of tourism and jarawa tribe is no longer isolated civilisation.

Government came up with various laws like Deforestation, Sand Mining & closure of ATR(Andaman Trunk Road) in 2002 it remains open & tourists use it for ‘Human Safaris’ to the jarawa.

Some Horrifying photos from book,All photos are taken by Pankaj;

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These Islands are full of natural treasures, like rare species of tortoise, crabs, rare type of fishes etc.

Tsunami occurred in 2004 affected all over the world, These Island were also under a huge impact. Pankaj did a detailed research how Tsunami affected on People living on these islands even plants, animals and geographical changes also.

 

Overall this book very well compiled, Informative and tells us the ugly side of truth that we are totally unaware of.

Andamanese are still seeking for that ray of hope our government promised. In the other words this book tells the horrifying side of these Islands which left me shivering.

 

 

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