The Jarawas, a Negrito group of people of the Andaman Islands, are perhaps one of the last surviving classical example of hunter gatherers of the world, the other being the Sentinelese of North Sentinel Island of the Andamans. The Jarawas has recently come in direct contract with the non-Jarawa population of diverse culture and are in constant threat of losing their age old hunting and gathering activities along with their culture. The present book contains seventeen articles examining the beginning of this transitional phase of the Jarawas against the backdrop of their 'ancient' culture. This, indeed, is a critical phase. The contributors from different fields of social sciences and also from other disciplines, having first-hand knowledge of work with the Jarawas, have discussed the multiple issues in their articles. This will be of immense interest and add to the very limited knowledge about these people. This volume has taken up the most vital and important issues relating to the survival of a group of Negrito foragers, whose counterparts in other parts of the world, by and large, are either on the verge of extinction or are already extinct.
Jarawa Contact: Ours with Them, Theirs with Us
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR R K Bhattacharya
Ritendra Krishna Bhattacharya did M.Tech. in Radio Physics and Electronics in 1968 from Calcutta University. He is a specialist in bio-medical engineering. He was involved in Academic Activities in Calcutta University, Jadavpur University and Bengal Engineering College. He is serving Vivekanand Nidhi (The Institute of Value Orientation and Environmental Education) as Trustee and General Secretary. He is a member of Board of Governors and Honorary Faculry of National Institute of Human Development. He is engaged in research on Values and Ecological Ethics. He is presently working on a project on Creating and Managing a Sustainable Community.
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