Bring Jarawas to the mainstream, says BJPJanuary 12th, 2012 - 9:38 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday said the Jarawas and other tribes of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands should be included in the mainstream of development and should not be left to lead primitive lives.
Talking to reporters in the national capital, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said denying anyone the right to come to the mainstream was wrong.
“Government should review its policy on the tribes, they should try to understand what is their aspiration,” Javadekar said.
“You cannot deny them the right to development, and to become a part of the mainstream. I have seen the Jarawas coming to the road, to ambulances and getting medical aid,” he said.
Ruckus has been created after a British newspaper website uploaded a footage of half-naked Jarawa tribal women dancing for tourists.
Government policy announced in 2004 says that the Jarawas would be allowed to choose their own future, and that outside intervention in their lives would be kept to the minimum.
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