American’s Killing by Sentinelese: India’s Flawed Andamans Policy

American’s Killing by Sentinelese: India’s Flawed Andamans Policy

The killing of John Allen Chau, a 26-year old American adventurer and self-proclaimed Christian proselytiser, by determinedly isolationalist Sentinelese aboriginals in the Andaman Islands archipelago a few days ago, has cast fresh light on India’s changing and flawed policy towards the vulnerable hunter-gatherer communities of the Andamans. The young man, definitely foolhardy and perhaps even…