Sentinel Island ; Travel-loving and thriller-loving people are always on the move when they hear the name of something new, unknown, mysterious or forbidden. Because mystery draws them, unknown things give them a hand to know. One such place is Sentinel Island. Such an island is hidden in our bay in the Bay of Bengal; Many of us do not know about that .
We don’t know about the inhabitants of that island. We have no idea what they look like, what kind of life they are accustomed to, what they think about the outside world. They don’t seem to have any idea about this world and its people.
Despite being the inhabitants of this world, they have been completely cut off from communication for a long time and have survived on a small secluded island in the Bay of Bengal.
The people of this mysterious island are also very mysterious. They themselves do not want the people of the outside world to break their secrets, to know them, to communicate with them. They want to live behind the eyes of all other people in the world.
For thousands of years, they have maintained their uniqueness by strictly ignoring the curious eyes and curiosity of outsiders. To this day, no people, nation or country has the right to peek into their borders, their lives. They also have no interest in knowing the rest of the world or the people of the world.
Like that cinnamon island of Rabithakur, this island repeatedly calls curious people with a handful of mysteries. But after thousands of attempts, no one has been able to set foot on the island or observe the beauty of the Cinnamon island . It is a forbidden island. Being in Indian waters and in terms of geographical boundaries, the island belongs to India.
But despite hundreds of attempts by the Indian government, they could not get a chance to blow their noses on the island. In the end, India was forced to legislate, ‘Let them live alone’. So no one has the right to violate their privacy, secrecy, mystery, freedom and individuality anymore. The islanders do not want to give that right to anyone. They themselves are kings in their own kingdom.
The name of the island in question is Sentinel Island. In this age of modern technology where science has triumphed everywhere from the bottom of the ocean to space. Everything is at the fingertips of man. There, in the Bay of Bengal, the island is still undiscovered. Although the island has been found, little is known about the island. According to anthropologists, the island is about 60,000 years old. Area 72 sq km.
The island belongs to India as a geographical location and on paper. But India has no authority over the island. Despite many attempts, the Indian government itself did not know much about the island. Despite repeated attempts, they failed to reach the island.
As soon as anyone enters, they are subjected to violence by the residents. If someone enters by mistake, accident, or lost, they are brutally killed. Even helicopters do not dare to land there.
In the nation they are sentinelli. The Sentinels belong to the indigenous Andamanese people living in the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. These people live in the northern Sentinel Islands of the Great Andaman; That is why they are called sentinels.
They are thought to have lived on the island since the Stone Age. They are especially known for their aggressive attitude towards outsiders. When helicopters, boats, and ships landed on the island, they ran and attacked them with bows and arrows. Killed by drowning. That is why no one can go to this island successfully. The residents here do not tolerate anyone sniffing at the outside world at all.
They are basically in a prey-dependent race. Gathers the necessary materials for survival through hunting, fishing and wild herbs. Their food is probably marine fish, animals and island plants. So far there is no evidence of agriculture among them. Their huts have no walls, only the canopy over their heads extends to the ground.
It is possible to make a few things with the metal material collected in the vicinity, but it does not seem that it can be made with metal. But the most surprising thing is that even today they may not have learned to light a fire.
The island, home to the Sentinels, is part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory in India. It is located about 20 miles west of Smith Island. Located just 50 kilometers from the capital Port Blair, the island still lacks a touch of modernity.
The Sentinels enjoy unfettered freedom in their territory, in all their affairs. The involvement of the Indian government includes occasional monitoring, in some cases conducting remote inspections on the island, and discouraging the people of India from visiting the island.
Anthropologists have gotten very little idea about them from boat or helicopter year after year. Their language has been named Sentinel. It is thought to be one of the Andamanese languages. There is no clear or vague idea about the religion of the Sentinels.
Not much is known about any of their ethnic groups. However, their language bears some resemblance to the Indigenous Onge of the Andamans. But the Sentinel language is difficult to understand even for their closest tribe, the Onge.
This tribe is completely different from other tribes in the world. It is believed that their ancestors came to the island from Africa. According to experts, this is probably the habitat of the last tribe in the world; To whom modern civilization could not reach. No one even knows the way of life of the residents here.
The island is surrounded by a coral wall. The island has dense green forest, small huts of the inhabitants. The island is surrounded by a narrow beach. The continental shelf is 20 to 122 meters. The coral walls around the island extend from 400 to 1290 meters. The quadrangular island covers an area of 59.6 sq km. The altitude is about 122 meters above sea level. The island has a population of 50 to 400. For 70,000 years, the island’s inhabitants have survived on their own.
People in modern society have been trying to communicate with them for a long time. A glimpse of him is found, from an article by Marco Polo. The first meeting of civilized people with this primitive tribe was in 180 AD. A team led by British anthropologist MV Portman visited the island and tried to establish friendly relations with the tribes.
An elderly couple and four children from the tribe were brought in for examination. They are given new clothes and food. Trying to talk. But the two adults died shortly after being brought from the island. After keeping the rest of the residents for some time, they were left on the island again without getting any information. After this incident, the sentinels became more enraged towards modern society. Since then, the Sentinels’ resentment of civilized people has multiplied.
In 1975, a National Geographic photographer went to Sentinel Island to make a documentary. He was severely wounded by the arrows of the tribesmen. A number of people were killed in a series of similar attacks on foreigners in the southern and central Andaman Islands in the 1990s. Apart from this, the operations were stopped due to the threat of new diseases.
Since 1976, the Indian government has been trying to establish contact with the Sentinels.
Indian anthropologist Trilok Nath Pandit first visited the island on January 4, 1991 and tried to establish friendly relations with the Sentinels. But that attempt was not successful. In an attempt to establish contact, various gifts such as food, clothing, etc. were left on the shores of the island at different times. But that did not change their violent mentality. Whenever they saw a boat or a helicopter near the island, they would throw arrows, stones or spears. They did not allow outsiders to enter their kingdom. Each time the intruders were attacked. Many have died
The island was severely damaged by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. After the tsunami, the Indian government took relief supplies to North Sentinel Island by helicopter. Instead of trying to recover, they retaliated. It is estimated that the tsunami hit the island in a few days. Because after the tsunami, the islanders were seen from the helicopter busy with their normal activities. In the end, it was decided not to bother them.
In 2006, Sentinel archers shot and killed two fishermen who had infiltrated their island.
The bodies of the two prisoners were also found after the shallow graves were washed away by the strong wind caused by the rotation of the helicopter’s wings. But the Sentinel archers also shot down the helicopter that came to rescue the body. For this reason, in the interest of their own safety, the Indian government has also imposed restrictions on the entry of people from the outside world within an area of three miles around the island.
Now the Indian government is only monitoring from a distance by boat or helicopter. Legislation has been enacted to allow these people, who are indifferent to the unknown world outside their enclosure, to remain as they are. These wonderful people have survived with the principle of not blowing their noses out of their range. They are not destitute of any modern conveniences; They just want to live like them. But they do not hesitate to give a proper answer when someone sniffs inside their perimeter.
As a result, an American priest recently became a victim of these tribes again. It is known that he went to the forbidden island to spread Christianity. The American priest wanted to convert the aboriginal people. Twenty-seven-year-old tourist John Allen Chao was shot dead by the Sentinels. And with the news of the disappearance and murder of this American priest, El Sentinelli renegotiated.
Anthropologists who have studied the Sentinels have noticed that a few days after the burial, the aborigines returned to the site and dug up the remains. Then he tied the body with bamboo and made it stand by the sea. In this way they indicate outsiders; Beware of intruders! If you come here without respect for our solitude, you will be the same.