NIGHTMARCH: A JOURNEY INTO INDIA’S NAXAL HEARTLANDS BY ALPA SHAH has been shortlisted for the prestigious Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2019

In 2010, a Naxal platoon set out on a seven-night march across 250 kilometres through Bihar and Jharkhand. Among them was Shah – the only woman, the only unarmed person, dressed as a man in an olive-green guerrilla uniform. This is the story of her gritty and revelatory journey.    The Orwell Prize is considered… Continue reading NIGHTMARCH: A JOURNEY INTO INDIA’S NAXAL HEARTLANDS BY ALPA SHAH has been shortlisted for the prestigious Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2019

#ReadWomen: Nightmarch by Alpa Shah

Two nights into my stay at the guerrilla camp, I realised that Gyanji would be walking from Bihar, with a platoon, back to Lalgaon in Jharkhand where I had come from and where I had lived for the previous year and a half. There, in the surrounding forests, a similar State-level Committee meeting for that… Continue reading #ReadWomen: Nightmarch by Alpa Shah