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Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island:

The unchecked population growth of spotted deer (Chital) is creating problems in Netaji Subhash Chandra Boss Island.

  • Introduced to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for game hunting in the early 1900s by the British, the herbivore multiplied unchecked for years in the absence of large predators.
  • It has become an “invasive” problem for the Union Territory’s authorities.
  • Earlier Ross Island, now officially known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, is an island of the Andaman Islands.
  • The Island is situated three kilometres East of Central Port Blair.
  • It belongs to the South Andaman administrative district, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are strategically located in the Indian Ocean between the Indian mainland, Myanmar, and Indonesia, and are close to important maritime routes.
  • The islands were first controlled by the Dutch, then by the British, and were taken over by the advancing Japanese military during World War II.
  • The Azad Hind government was able to obtain de jure control of the islands from the Japanese by the end of 1943, and Subhash Chandra Bose arrived in Port Blair on December 29.
  • Keeping in mind the historical significance of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and to honour the memory of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Ross Islands was renamed as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep by Prime Minister during his visit to the Island in 2018.
  • Neil Island and Havelock Island were also renamed Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep.
  • All the three islands are major tourist spots.