The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, during a meet in Paris on 27-30 May, added the highly threatened Nicobar Islands of India - home to 1,800 animal species and some of the world's most endangered tribes, has now been designated as a world biosphere reserve.
Great Andmanese Aboriginal Tribes and Rama Sethu
T-sunami came in India in the last week of Dec 2004. We saw Great Andmanese live seen in the electronic channels at that time. There is a special arrangement on Indian Government level to preserve their identity. CCMB, Hyderabad study published in Science of DNA samples of Onges and Great Anamnese matched the types believed to have evolved around 65,000 years ago, making them representative of the earliest known humans.
The Nicobar biosphere reserve sprawling over 103,870 hectares is distinguished by its tropical wet evergreen forest which nurtures over 1,800 species including 200 species of meiofauna.
The Archipelago is also home to the indigenous Shompen people, semi-nomadic hunters dwelling inland, and the Nicobarese who lives on coastal area and are dependent on fishing and agriculture. The inhabitants, estimated to be 6, 381 according to UNESCO, utilize a wide variety of biological resources including medicinal plants and other non-timber forest products (NTFPs).
“The term Hindu, according to former President of India Dr. Radhakrishnan, had originally a territorial and not a creedal significance. It implied residence in a well- defined geographical area. Aboriginal tribes, savages and half-civilized people, the cultured Dravidians and the Vedic Aryans were all Hindus, as they were the sons of the same mother.”
The Andamans has four tribal reserves, one each in the name of its negrito communities; the Great Andamanese, the Onge, the Jarawa and the Sentinelese.
Jarawa tribe is one of the most endangered tribes of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. There are just 250 Jarawas left. That is the reason Administration of Andaman & Nicobar Islands has declared them endangered tribes and has initiated several welfare schemes for the preservation of their identity and culture.
Great Andamanese - 40-45 people on Strait Island
Jarawa - about 40 people on South and Middle Andaman
Onge - 105 people on Little Andaman
Shompen - 200-250 people on Great Nicobar
Sentinelese - about 250 people on Sentinel Islands
Entire environment is sacred in Hinduism
In Hindu tradition, our entire environment including trees, mountains, birds, animals monkey Hanuman and Ganesh of elephant head regarded as sacred and there are specific instances, which provide important symbols for this.
Even we treat Bharat Bhumi as motherland. Scientists Jagdish Chandra Basu proved that there is a life in trees also. Lotus Flowers are presented to 'Laxmi'. Lotus flowers are under the water level, which has risen gently and smoothly. Surface tension prevents the water from submerging the flower.
Even on the order of Ram, monkeys made Ram Sethu
Ganesh on Rat, Shiv on Nandi, Durga on lion, Kartikey on peacock and so on are the examples. Menaka Gandhi devotes her best efforts against the cruelty of animals and birds. Even Hindus worship trees such as Pipal & Amla. Biotechnology is going to be an important subject for study in India.
Ganesha represents the majesty of the animal kingdom with his head and his vehicle, the mouse, shows subjugation of pestilent rats, Siva along with his vahan, bull Nandi, Sarswati with her vahan swan, monkey god Hanuman, “fish-eyed goddess” Minakshi. We find Matsyavatara (Vishnu as a fish), Kurmavatara (Vushnu as a tortoise), Varahavatar (Vishnu as a boar), Narasimhavatara (the lion-man) and Gaja-Laxmi.
Snakes widely worshipped by Shaivas everywhere and particularly in south India. Durga rides a lion to defeat the armies of the antigods.
Garud Garud Bola in America: Even now Garud Winged Eagel is a strong presence in many Asian countries. Truth in Myth: Khalsa uniform in the image of Narsinh Avtar. Narsinh Avtar is the half-man, half-lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu: The Guru's Khalsa had to modify the image a little. They had to keep their hair unshorn and make Singh as part of their proper names. This made them look as ferocious and brave like lions.
In my one article I imagined our youths of Bharat as the sons of Dushyant's Bharat: Roar of the sons of Dushyant's Bharat has power to paralyze the Anti-Hinduism.
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