Environment | VOL. 13, ISSUE 77, March-April 2013 |

Leave Us Alone

Far away from mainland India, the Andaman Islands, a cluster of 250 islands in the Bay of Bengal, are home to one of the oldest and earliest human settlements on the earth. According to geneticists, the Andamanese are remnants of the first migration that took place out of Africa around 70,000 years before present —surviving several tsunamis, earthquakes, holocausts and invasions. These tribes are the world’s most significant environmental protectors and their languages are storehouses of ecological information. But over...

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