In 2010, Alpa Shah found herself dressed as a man in an olive-green uniform, on a seven-night trek with communist guerrillas.
The only woman and the only non-combatant in the column, she walked 250 kilometres in the dense, hilly forests of eastern India. This book recounts Shah's journey into the underbelly of the subcontinent, seeking to understand how and why, behind the mask of a shining `new India', some of the country's poor have shunned the world's largest democracy, uniting with revolutionary ideologues to fight for a fairer society.
She reveals one of the world's most intractable and under-reported rebellions, from the perspectives of both the insurrection's thinkers and the underprivileged rural communities who join them.
These fighters, mostly from lower-caste and tribal backgrounds, seasonally migrate for work, carrying bricks on their shoulders in faraway kilns and building the skyscrapers of a brand-new India.
But back at home, in the forested hills of the centre and east, they often recite poetry, sing revolutionary songs, and take up arms against rising inequality. Nightmarch is a compelling reflection on economic growth, dispossession and conflict at the heart of contemporary India.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 16/08/2018
- Category: True war & combat stories
- ISBN: 9781849049900