A Seattle visit made possible by the University of Washington’s South Asia Center gives readers here a chance to see renowned anthropologist and author Alpa Shah, here from London where she is professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her books include In the Shadows of the State and, most recently, the compelling Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerrillas (Hurst). Embedded with a platoon of Naxalites, one of the longest-running insurgencies in the world, Alpa Shah writes of their hopes, aspirations, and contradictions, setting all in a context of a country riven with increasing disparity and injustice.
"[Nightmarch] has many layers. It covers the history of the Naxalite movement in India, the motivations of its leaders, the incentives that drive adivasis to become their foot soldiers, the contradictions within the movement, the social churn among the adivasis themselves, and the many ways in which academics like Shah regard these groups." - Meena Kandasamy.
“One of the most gripping, engaging, and accessible books I’ve encountered on the Naxalites. Shah fearlessly bears witness to the upheavals caused by India’s rising inequalities, while also asking many urgent, difficult questions.” - James C. Scott.
Co-presented by the University of Washington South Asia Center and Elliott Bay Book Company.