New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Asserting that the tribes of Andaman Islands live in inhuman conditions, Tribal Affairs Minister V. Kishore Chandra Deo has said there is need to be brought to them mainstream.
A video, first released by Britain's Observer newspaper last week, showed women of the Jarawa tribe in Andaman Islands dancing and singing on a jungle road. An off the camera policeman tells them: "dance for me....dance now".
Speaking on the issue here on Friday,, Deo said that the benefits of modernisation should also reach the tribes but not destroy their aboriginal culture.
"As far as my personal view is concerned, I think it would be totally unfair to leave them in that beastly condition forever. At the same time I am certainly not the one who would like to expose them to the mall and junk culture. You see after all they have their traditions, there is a lot of indigenous knowledge. They also have to enjoy the benefits of developments that have taken place. But it has to be a gradual and slow process. There has to be a consensus on this and there have to be discussions with different groups and different kinds of people," Deo said.
On the video controversy, Deo said that the Home Ministry was tracking the matter and the search was on for the person who had recorded the shocking incident.
"You see the Home Ministry is pursuing the matter, basically we are trying to locate the person that videographed that particular scene. We are in the hunt for him. The chief secretary and the director general of police are themselves monitoring the entire thing. Once they are apprehended then stringent action will be taken," added Deo.
On January 12, the government had ordered the arrest of a tour operator for running this alleged "human safari" in the Andaman Islands.
Earlier, Home Minister P Chidambaram had concurred that the video had been sent for analysis but appeared to be three to four years old.he Jarawas are barely 400 individuals who normally shun interaction with outsiders.
The Observer report said it was unknown when the footage had been recorded but the author had witnessed similar activities on a recent trip to the islands.
The cluster of 570 Andaman and Nicobar islands is home to tribes who have lived there for thousands of years. (ANI)