Development Studies Seminar Series: Alpa Shah with Kheya Bag on “Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerrillas”, SOAS – 30 October

27th Oct 2018


Dr Alpa Shah (LSE, University of London)

Kheya Bag (New Left Review)

Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerrillas

Tuesday, 30 October, 5-7PM

Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), SOAS Main Building


Alpa Shah and Kheya Bag discuss some of the insights in Shah’s new book, Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerillas. Nightmarch refers to a seven-night trek when Shah found herself dressed as a man, walking across 250 km of dense, hilly forest in eastern India with a Naxalite guerrilla platoon. Framed by the media as a deadly terrorist group, the Naxalite movement is actually made up of Marxist ideologues and lower-caste and tribal combatants, all of whom seek to overthrow a system that has abused them for decades. Based on years of living as an anthropologist with tribal communities, Shah explores why some of India’s poor have taken up arms to fight for a fairer society – and asks whether they may be undermining their own aims.

Alpa Shah is Associate Professor (Reader) in Anthropology at the London School of Economics. She is the author of In the Shadows of the State and a coauthor of Ground Down by Growth. She presented the radio documentary ‘India’s Red Belt’ for BBC Radio 4’s Crossing Continents.

Kheya Bag is an editor at New Left Review and Associate Publisher of Tribune Magazine.

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All welcome, no need to book but please do arrive early to be sure of a seat. Details of all events in the seminar series are provided below. The venue is wheelchair accessible. We look forward to seeing you there.




Seminar Series, Term 1, 2018-19

Tuesdays, 5-7PM

Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), SOAS Main Building

All welcome, no need to book


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Further details are available on the SOAS Development Studies Department website: