Security, Political Autonomy and Development of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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About the Book :

The Andaman and Nicobar Group of Islands consisting of over 500 islands, islets and rocks, is situated in the Bay of Bengal about 1200 km. from the mainland of India. These islands have a long history which ever goes beyond the period when the British took control of Andaman Islands in 1790 and Nicobar Islands in 1869.
The book deals mainly with the security of the Islands, claim for the autonomy and also the development of the Islands. The isolation and the remoteness of these islands from mainland India, once made these islands almost defenseless, and as a result these islands were prone to the conventional and non-conventional external threads. Sensing these the Government has made adequate arrangement for the protection of these islands and long coast line and EEZ by establishing all the three wings of defense, Air, Navy and Army and also Coast Guard. With the progress of these islands demands for the autonomy. Instead of the present administrative set-up, a section of the people is demanding Legislative Assembly for these Islands.
Like other parts of India these islands are also progressing with the help of a number of development programmes covering different aspects of people's life. This book, possibly the only of its kind, particularly on these islands, provides enough knowledge to the readers about once very remote and inaccessible islands on above themes, and surely enrich the knowledge of the social scientists, defense policy makers, administrators, planners and even the public.

About Author :

Swapan Kumar Biswas did his P.G. & Ph.D. from Calcutta. Presently, he is teaching in P.G. Department of Political Science, Jawaharlal Nehru Rajkeeya Mahavidyalaya, Port Blair in the capacity of Associate Professor. He has published two books on tribal and non-tribal of Andaman. He has attended International Conferences in Ludwig-Maxillion University in Germany & Utara Malaysia University in Malaysia. He has organized a number of seminars sponsored by UGC, ICSSR, ICHR, NIAS in JNRM and presently doing project under UGC on Voting Behaviour of Indian Voters. He has to his credit many articles published in various reputed national & International journals.

Manis Kumar Raha, an eminent Anthropologist, retired as Joint Director, Anthropological Survey of India. Now, serving as expert in different projects and also attached to different Universities and research Institutions. He has published a large number of books, articles and book review and has a dept contribution to the tribal society of India and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. He was examiners of Ph.D. thesis of different universities and was President, Anthropological & Archaeology section, Indian Science Congress, 1996.

Palash Chandra Coomar, M.Sc. Ph.D. (b. 1956) is at present working as Joint Director, Directorate of Census Operations, Government of India. Before joining Census Operation in 1996 he served Anthropological Survey of India from 1984 to 1996. During his service period he has undertaken research work among both tribal and non-tribal communities living in West Bengal, Sikkim, Bihar and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He is Ph.D. examiner of different universities. He has published twelve books, more than fifty articles.