Lakshadweep residents are believed to be descendants of migrants who arrived from the Malabar Coast of southwest India. Ethnically and linguistically similar to Kerala, they have strong links with this state. They are mostly Muslims. There are in 2021 several conflicts having to do with BJP plans in the islands (with 70,000 inhabitants). Some conflicts are linked to religion, and food habits (Hindutva principles), and others to the impact on ecology and fisherfolk of large so-called developmental projects which may undermine the livelihood of the fishing community. On 8th June 2021, it was reported: "The entire Lakshadweep went on a 12-hour hunger strike protesting against the Union Territory administration and Administrator Praful Khoda Patel for sanctioning "anti-people" policies. Residents held placards outside their homes, on charpoys and even underwater with slogans like "Revoke LDAR" (Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation) and "Justice for Lakshadweep". People supporting the movement bombarded social media platforms with #SaveLakshadweep and pictures of the mass protest. But what is the protest all about?" .