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|Formation||1 November 1956|
|• Administrator||Dineshwar Sharma|
|• MP||Mohammed Faizal P. P. (NCP)|
|• Total||32.62 km2 (12.59 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,157.1/km2 (5,586.9/sq mi)|
|• Official Languages||Malayalam, English|
|• Spoken||Jeseri, Dhivehi|
|• Ethnic groups||≈83% Malayali|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-LD|
|No. of districts||1|
Lakshadweep (//; ISO: Lakṣadvīp (info • help), formerly known as the Laccadive, Minicoy and Aminidivi Islands (/.../), are a group of islands in the Arabian Sea. They belong to India. Their capital is Kavaratti. It covers an area of 11 square miles (28 km2). Eleven of the 36 coral atoll islands of Lakshadweep are inhabited.
The islands are the only coral atolls in India. The people living there are Malayalam and Mahl people, who have been influenced by Arab traders. Lakshadweep is a Muslim region just like the neighbouring Maldives, where tourism is strictly regulated. Lakshadweep has the largest percentage of Muslims - 98%, even larger percentage than Jammu and Kashmir and is the only Muslim-majority Indian administrative division entirely within India.
Apart from the emerging tourism, government jobs, fishing and coconut production are the mainstays of the Lakshadweep economy.
Territorial symbols of Lakshadweep
- "50th Report of the Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities in India". 16 July 2014. p. 109. Archived from the original on 8 July 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160708012438/http://nclm.nic.in/shared/linkimages/NCLM50thReport.pdf.
- "The Laccadive, Minicoy and Aminidivi Islands (Alteration Of Name Act), 1973". The Indian Lawyer. 26 August 1973. http://theindianlawyer.in/statutesnbareacts/acts/l2.html. Retrieved 9 May 2012.