Alpa Shah: Nightmarch with Neel Mukherjee1 Nov 2018 – 18.30 - 20.00
Shah will be joined in conversation by Neel Mukherjee, author of A State of Freedom and the Man Booker Prize shortlisted The Lives of Others.
In Nightmarch, Alpa Shah offers a profound understanding of why some of India’s poor have shunned the world’s largest democracy and taken up arms to fight for a fairer society in one of the most intractable and under-reported rebellions.
Presented in the media as a deadly terrorist group, the Naxalite movement is made up of Marxist ideologues and lower-caste and tribal combatants who seek to overthrow a system that has abused them.
In 2010, anthropologist Alpa Shah embarked on a seven-night trek with some of these communist guerrillas, walking 250 kilometres through the dense, hilly forests of eastern India. Speaking to leaders and living for years with villagers in guerrilla strongholds, Shah seeks to understand why some of India’s poor have shunned the world’s largest democracy and taken up arms to fight for a fairer society—and asks whether they might be undermining their own aims.
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