A ghost island in the middle of the indian ocean
India’s idyllic islands
Eerie remains of a colonial settlement
An isolated penal colony
By 1942, the penal settlement was barely operational after being forced to release all political prisoners in 1938; the remaining British troops fled the island due to imminent Japanese invasion – although it wasn’t long until the islands once again came under British rule when the war ended. Shortly after, India gained independence in 1947, after which the island was left to its fate, until the Indian Navy took over in 1979.
Nature takes its course
Hunting plans gone awry
A glimpse into the future
It has been nearly eight decades since the penal colony was shut down, ending a dark chapter in the annals of India’s colonial past. Ross Island is now a forgotten blot in the Indian Ocean that offers a sobering glimpse of how our world might look when humans are long gone and nature begins the inevitable takeover.
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