5 Apr 2024

India could destroy a remote tribe by building new Hong Kong

India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands are home to some of the world’s most remote and vulnerable tribes. But now, they’re at the centre of the country’s plans to unleash its 21st century potential.

The government in Delhi wants to use the territory to build “the Hong Kong of India” – a hub of trade, tourism and defence – costing billions and bringing thousands of people to the islands.

But experts are warning that this economic development could come at the expense of an indigenous group – with fears they could be completely wiped out – along with their delicate ecosystem.

The Indian government maintains the project will preserve the sanctity and rich biodiversity of the area and its people – and that the development of Great Nicobar will improve people’s quality of life. We asked the Delhi government for a response to our report, but they did not comment.