The Small Indian Wonder: Lakshadweep

By Janhavi Lokegaonkar, Research Associate, Maritime History Society

The tiny Union territory is making big news! Lakshadweep is the only territory under the Indian jurisdiction to be completely Covid-free even after five months since the first case was reported1 in India, in Kerala.

But the news should not come as surprise either because the islands stand out as unique entities. They have an inimitable ecosystem in terms of biodiversity, physical environment. India has about 1100 islands-inhabited and uninhabited. Lakshadweep, India’s smallest Union Territory, is an archipelago consisting of 36 islands well known for its exotic and sun-kissed beaches and lush green landscape. The name Lakshadweep means ‘a hundred thousand islands’ in Malayalam and Sanskrit.

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Dead Zones in the Indian Ocean Region

By Janhavi Lokegaonkar, Research Associate, Maritime History Society

It happens quite often that when an aerated drink is poured, we do not consume it all at once. Sip by sip as we devour on a drink and reach half the glass, one finds that the fizz is all gone leaving just sweetened, flavoured water. Don’t we all hate such flat soda? This is because when the drink (liquid) becomes warmer it holds lesser gas as compared to the cold ones. Now, let us consider the ocean water to be that drink and the Indian Ocean, being tropical weather having warmer water paving way to creating of Dead Zones.

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