ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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“Their Social and Historical Reconstruction”

Jarwas of Andaman Islands

For long an isolated community in the Andaman Isands resisting any contact with the outside world, the Jarwas underwent a 'sudden' transformation in the late 1990s. The 'problem of the changing' behaviour of the Jarwas was articulated by outsiders - experts and others - as one driven by contradictions imposed by a changing world and the Jarwas need to preserve their own cultures. Such articulations, however, follow a similar trajectory of thought that has prevailed largely unchanged through much of colonial and post-independence India. It is a view that continues to ignore the Jarwas' worldview and their own need to 'reinterpret' a changing environment.

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