• Monday, May 16, 2022

INDIA

Death Of US Citizen On Indian Island Sparks Calls To Protect Indigenous Land

Earlier this year, Indian government issued a notification exempting foreign nationals from needing special permits to visit more than two dozen islands, including North Sentinel and others inhabited by indigenous people (Photo: DeAgostini/Getty Images).

By: Radhakrishna N S

The suspected killing of an American missionary on a remote Indian island has sparked calls to better protect indigenous people from increasing pressure to free up their land for tourism, mines and highways. John Allen Chau (26), is believed to have been killed last week after travelling to North Sentinel – part of the archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar, in the Bay of Bengal to try to convert the tribe to Christianity. The Sentinelese are generally considered the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world, and the Indian government has for years protected them by declaring the island off-limits to visitors.…

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