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Identity crisis: Students from Lakshadweep share their ordeal, vow major protest

Express News Service

KOCHI: The central government, instead of protecting the ethnicity of Lakshadweep, is denying the islanders’ right to preserve the cultural heritage of the  archipelago, feel the youngsters from the Union Territory who are now in Kerala. After their colleges were closed, many students stayed back in different parts of the state, especially in Kochi, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Thiruvananthapuram.

The youngsters fear that unless they take out a major protest, their right over their land will be taken away and their diversity and peace will be lost. They also feel corporate giants will take over their land, already small in size, using the land reforms.

Firaasath Malige, a BA Economics second-year student at SH College, Thevara, and hailing from Minicoy, said that when the country got independence, they were a very diverse community. “There are different kinds of ethnicities in our land. India got united because our national leaders…

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