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Island tribes snub India's efforts to get them to vote, South Asia News & Top Stories

Island tribes snub India's efforts to get them to vote, South Asia News & Top Stories

As millions in India queued up at polling booths on April 11 to vote in the ongoing parliamentary elections, government officials sat waiting at the country's southernmost voting centre in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

While the Sentinelese and Jarawas have never voted - nor has the administration solicited their votes - others like the Onges, Great Andamanese and Nicobarese have cast their ballots, including for the current elections.

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In the 2014 parliamentary polls, proposals deemed a threat to the Jarawas, such as removing a protective buffer zone around their reserve and furthering road connectivity through it, were made by political candidates.

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