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The deadly island- The North Sentinel Island 

India holds 572 islands, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea holds some of the most ancient human tribes. Such as Jarawa’s or Onges. Amidst all 572, there is an island which is known for its deadly nature.

The North Sentinel Island is one of the Andaman Islands, an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal which also includes South Sentinel Island.

On the map, the island looks like any other idyllic island but holds a much greater vision inside it. Holding some of the most beautiful sea shores, dark dense forest and a rare habitat- it is home to the Sentinelese, a tribe who have rejected any contact with the outside world. The tribe resides there from around 60,000 years. It is famous because the tribe here aren’t as friendly as other tribes living there. With the population of merely 150 people or may be 400, they continue to follow their culture from thousands of years. It is a protective island, partly to protective laws enforced by the Indian government, and partly to their own fierce defense of their home and their privacy. They remain untouched, many attempts to sneak into the village has resulted fatally. They speak a language which is still not recognized and understood by anyone. An Indian anthropologists TN Pandit conducted a research to study about this tribe. He along with 20 other people went to the island, on their arrival they saw nobody but only few huts which are not abandoned but occupied which suggests that the tribe might have seen them coming and have fled to hide themselves. They saw cooked food, bonfire and weapons made out of iron and just few more things. About spending an hour the team went back but left behind some gifts for them like coconut, plastic buckets and candies, they also took some of their weapons in exchange which was against the will of Pandit. Pandit and his colleagues kept on trying to make contact, mostly by pulling a dinghy onto the beach, dropping off coconuts and other gifts, and beating a hasty retreat. The tribe took no interest in pigs and often kill them but they liked the coconut and metal pots. Pandit and his colleagues delivered them by the bagful, usually with bows and arrows trained on them until they departed. 25 years passed that way, with no direct contact, it was his way of building some trust which paid back a decade later when Sentinelese came to the shore unarmed and took coconuts, this didn’t went too long and the visitors were soon forced to leave the island. On another visit, a few weeks later, a Sentinelese man signaled to Pandit that it was time for the guests to leave — by drawing his knife on the neck and making a cutting gesture, according to Pandit it was important to understand their limits and do not cross the boundaries. Anyone disobeying their warnings can face a harsh result and maybe death which is proved on several occasions. In 2018 an American tourist went to shore only to die by the hands of the tribe. In 2016, two fishermen went in search of crabs to the island and were also killed by the people, thus making it clear that the tribe unwelcome any visitors.

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 North Sentinel Island

All these incidents described the unfriendly nature of Sentinelese because despite being lured by fancy gifts they never showed an ounce of interest into our society. This can also happen because they might have everything they need to survive within the island itself only. The anthropologist Pandit says that the tribe must be left alone and shouldn’t be disturbed by the outside world. That way one can secure their old culture and rituals thus leaving it the last untouched tribe in the world. the government must work upon preventing the annihilation of another tribe (like the Jarawa’s), by protecting the island from the outsiders.

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