Event / Asia House

Alpa Shah: Nightmarch

18 Oct 2018 – 18.45 - 21.00
This event is part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2018. #AsiaLitFest


In one of the world’s most intractable and under-reported rebellions, the Naxalites have been engaged in a decades-long battle with the Indian state. Presented in the media as a deadly terrorist group, the movement is made up of Marxist ideologues and lower-caste and tribal combatants who seek to overthrow a system that they feel has abused them.

In 2010, anthropologist Alpa Shah embarked on a seven-night trek with some of these communist guerrillas, walking 250 km through the dense, hilly forests of eastern India. Interviewing leaders and living among villagers on the movement’s periphery, Shah seeks to understand and analyse why some of India’s poor have shunned the world’s largest democracy and chosen to take up arms.

About Alpa Shah

Alpa Shah was raised in Nairobi, studied at Cambridge and completed her PhD at the LSE, where she now teaches anthropology. She is the author of In the Shadows of the State and a co-author of Ground Down by Growth. She presented the radio documentary ‘India’s Red Belt’ for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Crossing Continents’.

Among India's Revolutionary Guerrillas
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