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Who is Madhumala, who befriended Andaman tribals & returned alive?

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Former Anthropological Survey of India researcher Madhumala Chattopadhyay successfully made friendly contact with the Sentinelese in 1991 after escaping an initial arrow attack. She also befriended the Jarawas and held a three-month-old baby in arms with the mother’s consent. The tribes might be technologically backward but are socially far ahead of us, she said on her six-year-long research.


On 4 January, 1991, more than 1,200 kms from the Indian mainland in the Bay of Bengal, a young Indian woman anthropologist waded waist-deep into the coral reefs to hand over a coconut to a man from the Sentinelese tribe. This was the first-ever friendly contact with this hostile tribe of the Andamans.

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