(Last Updated on : 02/01/2009)
Lakshadweep Islands lies pretty close to Kerala, bearing major semblances to the marine state; however, the archipelago was declared a Union Territory long back. Administration of the islands strictly delineates its tribals into a specified nominee section, which otherwise is an island that is blessed with polished sand beauty, legendary to serve as the only coral island in India. Perfectly defining the theorem of serenity and quietness, Lakshadweep islands still remains untouched from various corners and wide areas. The Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal that splashes by Lakshadweep`s sides makes the place even more mystified in its appearance and habitation. In fact, from far nothing can be specified about the place`s habitation or other presence of beings. Serving necessarily as an island territory, that is gradually seeing the light of commercialisation, Lakshadweep contains a major population dedicated to tribal section.
Tribes of Lakshadweep amount to huge in number, with the Indian government administering the union territory as a tribal dominating area, with hundreds of sects surviving. However, scheduled tribes are another sect that adds up to the population count, with the territory functioning as the smallest notified territory under India government. The major tribal communities that dwell in Lakshadweep comprise Aminidivi, Koyas, Malmis and Malacheris. Aminidivis are considered to be the first group of people to have initiated inhabiting these islands. They started living in an island called Amini and in present times it teems with Aminidivi people. They are most recognised for their hand-made crafts. On the other hand Koyas are the land-owners of Lakshadweep and the Malmis are the ones who work for them. Malayalam is the most commonly spoken language in Lakshadweep.
While fisheries and agriculture are the primary profession, Islamic religion is followed by most tribes of Lakshadweep. All the amjor Muslim festivals are honoured in a respectable manner, which are then followed by Hinduism and Christianity.