When the Columbus first arrived to the new land, he was trying to reach India. However, he ended up landing in America, which at that time was thought to be India. He saw local tribes. Later, Spain, France, Portugal and Great Britain started a race between each other for sake of colonising these tribes.
Fast Forward, centuries later, America was formed. However, still there are certain areas where local Indians are dwelling with their own custom traditions. One such Island is the North Sentinel Island which is a part of the Indian Andaman islands. The people are allowed to live using their traditional ways in this island.
A little controversy as Christian Mission lands in this Indian Tribe’s Island
Things became a little hotter when John Allen Chau lost his life after he reached the North Sentinel island. This is one of the most isolated places in the world. The guy was merely 27-year-old. He had paid local fishermen some money to navigate him to the island but he didn’t know that it would cost him his life. He was all hopeful to spread Christianity in this region.
As his Canoe reached the island, he boarded off. The locals as one can assume were frightened with the existence of a foreigner in their land, they fired some arrows and took his life. Reports say that he was determined to bring Christianity to the island.
What does the law says?
Law says that the outsiders are barred from entering the island. The Sentinelese tribe became all angry when they saw a foreigner on their land. The Survival International which is an international forum which campaigns for the rights of the tribespeople, says that these people are in danger. Their culture is in danger if they further come in contact with the outside world. This could mean more germs, illness and spread of endemics.
What does the Survival International’s director says about this matter – an agency advocating for the rights of tribespeople
This tragedy should never have been allowed to happen. The Indian authorities should have been enforcing the protection of the Sentinelese and their island for the safety of both the tribe, and outsiders.Unilad
Instead, a few months ago the authorities lifted one of the restrictions that had been protecting the Sentinelese tribe’s island from foreign tourists, which sent exactly the wrong message, and may have contributed to this terrible event.
It’s not impossible that the Sentinelese have just been infected by deadly pathogens to which they have no immunity, with the potential to wipe out the entire tribe.
According to the director, the Sentinelese have always shown restraint intermingling with the outside world. The director urged the Indian authorities to stop the foreign trips to the islands. These tribes can only be protected if the authorities take the right step.
At moment it is unsure what step the foreign community takes to avenge the loss of life. The tribe’s future is uncertain unless some official word by the Indian authorities is given out.
As per Forbes, the world’s most dangerous place can become a human zoo.