Andaman & Nicobar Islands
I have a long and varied association with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. I first went there as a young schoolboy, in 1959, when my father, who was a member of the Indian Administrative Service, was posted in Port Blair as deputy
commissioner of the islands. I studied for some months at the central school in Port Blair, before being sent away to the “mainland” to study in a boarding school.
I next lived in Port Blair from 1966 to 1968, intermittently, when my father was posted there
again, this time as Chief Commissioner. I was studying at the university in Delhi during this time and
mainly spent my winter and summer vacations in the Islands. During this period I visited many
islands, including Barren Island, the unpopulated forests of south Great Nicobar, and two trips to the
Sentinel Island. Also visited Car Nicobar, little Andamans, and Nancowry.
Next, I came to the islands in 1986 – 87 to visit and collect information from wildlife national
parks and sanctuaries in the islands. During this visit the Lieutenant Governor of the island’s very
kindly made available his official ship. This allowed us to visit barren island (my second visit), and
then up the eastern coast of the Andaman Islands, to Saddle Peak National Park, Diglipur, Landfall,
and then down the west coast to Interview Island, North Sentinel Island, and many other parks and
sanctuaries in between. The outcome was the Directory of National Parks and Sanctuaries in the
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, included in this collection. I will soon upload the photographic
record of these trips.
The subsequent visit was in 2001, as a participant in, and a co-organiser of, the workshop on the
management of protected areas In the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, along with the A&N Forest
Department, ANET, and the Fauna Flora International, UK. Some documents are included in this
Finally, I visited the islands again in 2002, as a Supreme Court of India appointed
commissioner, to give a report on forests and allied matters in the islands. It was an interesting trip,
especially because I was provided with a helicopter by the Indian Air Force, and a small plane by the
Indian Navy, so that I could travel to the various islands which had runways or helipads. My report to
the Supreme Court and the subsequent order of the court are included in these collections.
Yet to be uploaded:
1. A collection of photographs of the A&N Islands