Astonishing facts about Lakshadweep Islands
Lakshadweep Islands, the land whose beauty has mesmerized mankind since ages. It is far from the alteration of humans, kept hidden from industrialization enabling it to retain its natural essence. Explicitly, the splendid art of mother earth is clearly visible through the breathtaking views offered by Kavaratti, Agatti, Amini, Kadmat, Kiltan, Kalpeni and Minicoy (the inhabited islands of Lakshadweep).
There are still a lot of facts left undiscovered about this scenic beauty. Some of them are:
1. Origin of the word “Lakshadweep”:
It actually means “a collection of lakh islands” (laksha means lakh whereas dweep means island). It covers 32 sq. Kilometer of land. Consequently, it is the smallest Union Territory of India.
2. Invasion during post Independence period:
Muslims constituted majority of population. In the light of the same, it could have easily invaded by Pakistan at the time of separation. However, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel forestalled this fact and sent Navy troops to hoist Indian flag. A few hours later, Pakistani Navy was spotted through sea routes which paved their way back to Karachi after seeing the flag.
3. Buying land at Lakshadweep:
People are not allowed to buy/own plots, lands or houses on Lakshadweep islands. To do so, they should have born there in the first place. Furthermore, even the spouses do not have the right to inherit the land if they are not born on those islands. The rule is devised for the purpose of preventing commercialization of islands by any private investor.
4. Liquor availability:
Liquor is available at the Bangaram Island. Moreover, it is prohibit in all other islands.
5. Foreigners require permission to visit Lakshadweep Islands:
Indians have the approval to visit the islands but the same is not true for tourists. Tourists are allowed only to specific islands which include Bangaram, Kadmat and Agatti. Furthermore, to visit the rest of the islands under those circumstances, they need to take permission through Lakshadweep Tourism office located at Cochin.
6. Reversal of marriage rules:
Unlike the rituals are opposite here. Instead of wife, the husband goes to his spouse’s place. The husband takes the surname of the wife continuing to be the bread earner of the home. The women are empower in this manner. Conversely, inter caste marriages are not permissible.