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The Primitive Tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Pronob Kumar Sircar (Author)
Synopsis The Andaman islands are inhabited by the pure Negrito blood, members of perhaps the most ancient race remaining on the earth and standing closest to the primitive human type. These unique foragers are surviving at present at the different stages of life and civilization. The Sentinelese are perhaps the most isolated community in the world while the Great Andamanese are perhaps the smallest community in the world. The Onges are perhaps the happiest looking people of the world and the Jarawas are unpredicted people. On the other hand in the Great Nicobar Island Shompens are the primitive tribes who still live semi-nomadic primitive life. Their camping in difficult and remote terrain in the island makes it difficult for us to contact them in an easy way. The tribal areas were the last to come under the British power because of their difficult terrain and inaccessibility in mainland India but with reference to the tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the aborigines were the first to come under the British influence. Prior to independence the British and Japanese policy of isolation left the tribals to themselves and almost no effort was made to develop them except some efforts to contact and befriend them mainly to gain security, peaceful colonization and administration. After independence several welfare schemes have been undertaken for the protection, survival and growth of the primitive tribes of the isles. This book portrays all these in befitting manner.
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About the author

Pronob Kumar Sircar

Dr. Pronob Kumar Sircar is the only island born researcher to obtain M.Phil. degree with first class distinction followed by Ph.D. degree on the primitive tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands from Deve Ahilya university, Indore (M.P.). Recipient of JRF and SRF for his research work on the primitive tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar National Institute of Social Sciences, Mhow (Indore), he was also awarded Senior Research Fellowship to promote his research on the primitive tribes of the isles by the ICSSR. His research-based papers mostly pertaining to the primitive tribes of the islands have been published in several reputed journals at national level. He has a pioneering contribution towards research and study of the island tribes. HE has carried out an outstanding research on the tribes of the mainland India too. Having worked among the Jarawa tribes being well acquainted with their language he worked as Settlement In-charge of the Great Andamanese settlement at Strait Island. Currently he is working for welfare of the Shompen tribes in Great Nicobar Island as ‘Research Investigator’ in Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samiti, Port Blair.

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Title The Primitive Tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187606525
length x+140p., Figures; Plates; References; Index; 22cm.