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Making of Tradition: Perspectives on Hindu-Muslim Relations in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

  • Open or Close Kanwar Chanderdeep Sing*

    Department of Historical Studies, JNR Mahavidyalya Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

    *Corresponding author: Kanwar Chanderdeep Sing, Department of Historical Studies, JNR Mahavidyalya Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands,

Submission: September 13, 2017; Published: November 13, 2017

DOI: 10.31031/AAOA.2017.01.000509

ISSN: 2577-1949
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The making of traditions is often a conscious or a non conscious exercise wherein the centripetal forces of history, culture, shared sorrows and happiness, longings and belongings play constructive roles. Many a time the made traditions blunt the divide of origin of the otherwise varied communities distinct from each other by ethnicity, language, religion and in some other minor aspects. The society and culture of a particular space and time often reflects the mooring of the people who live in those times and spaces. It is particularly apt for those groups of people and places which/ who do not have a very long history to remember and cherish. The place called Andaman and Nicobar Islands presents such a picture and give such an impression. This essay therefore tries to explore the inter-communal relations involving the Hindu and the Muslims of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and what factored these communities to live in amity in spite of marked communal conflagrations in different parts of India. I also intend to present an overview of the geo cum socio-cultural environs of these Islands which strategically are one of the most vital and sensitive regions of India.

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