The book is a critical study of archaeological, historical, geographical and sociological background of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and covers a period of 200 years ever since it was decided by the British to establish penal settlement which ultimately made it infamous as ‘Kala Pani’. Because of its rich archaeological and cultural heritage, it has drawn the attention of eminent historians and archaeologists. Before and after the devastating Tsunami Andaman has travelled a long way and is a arich and fertile place for research scholars who want to delve into the reality of these islands remained in mystery. So far underestimated, Andaman today is at par with any developed city of the mainland i.e. India. The supreme sacrifice of the freedom fighters written on the walls of Cellular Jail, the unexposed personality of Sher Ali who assassinated Lord Mayo as a representation of British Raj and the Martyrs memorial at Humfriganj has a lot to say about the freedom fighters and the cruelty of the colonial rule. The present work is the real research work in the form of Ph.D. thesis awarded to the author, a civil servant who visualised the developments in person and consulted a lot of records available in the islands, interviewed a number of people in person which justifies the work of a research scholar.
‘History of Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ deserves a special place on the historical research work as besides defying the misnomer of Kala Pani, it exposes unique feature of these more than 500 islands which hitherto, were a mystery for the human civilization.