[Reading] ➹ Nightmarch  By Alpa Shah –
  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Nightmarch
  • Alpa Shah
  • English
  • 08 January 2019
  • 9789353023867

About the Author: Alpa Shah

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Nightmarch In , Just As The Indian Government Was Stepping Up Its Counterinsurgency Operations In The Country S Naxal Affected Areas, Alpa Shah Set Out On A Seven Night March With A Guerrilla Platoon Across Kilometres Of The Same Territory An Anthropology Professor, She Wanted To Understand Why, Against The Backdrop Of A Shiny New India, The Country S Poor Had Shunned The World S Largest Democracy And United With Revolutionary Ideologues Dressed As A Man In An Olive Green Guerrilla Uniform, Alpa Was The Only Woman And The Only Person Not Carrying A Gun In The Platoon Her Gritty Journey Reveals How And Why People From Very Different Backgrounds Come Together To Take Up Arms To Change The World But Also What Makes Them Fall Apart Unfolding Like A Thriller And Brought To Life By Alpa S Years Of Research And Immersion Into The Daily Lives Of The Tribal Communities In A Naxal Stronghold, Nightmarch Is A Reflection On Economic Growth, Rising Inequality, Dispossession And Conflict At The Heart Of Contemporary India

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10 thoughts on “Nightmarch

  1. Harshita Gupta says:

    This is the first book, I read on Naxalites rebels and Maoist tribes in India, though I ve read scores of articles and columns on Adivasi s surrenders, encounters, and conflicts between them and the government But I hardly understood, why the things were happening the way they happened So, now you know, there was this peculiar interest in picking up this book.In 2010, an anthropologist, Alpa Shah, was invited for taking interview of the most senior leader of the guerrilla army This invitation extended to seven days long trek across the jungles from Bihar to Rajasthan, the central Indian areas of tribal and Adivasi people.The author accounts the journey of her stay with the Naxalites and Maoist guerrillas revealing their daily struggles, their existence, and the complexities of their life She also briefed out a little history that evoked Maoist revolution and insurgencies She explains why Adivasis turn into Naxalites and talks about women in the Maoist groups, communist revolution, castes and tribal communities, and equality She noted every minute detail of these revolutionaries and observed closely about their fight for their very survival Nightmarch is compelling and an outstanding account of Naxalites and Adivasi groups This is the book you need to pick up to know and learn the struggles of Naxalites It is an important read which is gripping as well.

  2. Moumita Roy says:

    Being a Bengali and born and brought up with Bengali books , the Word Naxal isn t new Our literature also has been effected by it I picked this book up with lots of expectation Because I haven t read any english book on this topic And yes this book don t make me feel like wasting time As I share my thoughts with my mother my mother also found it interesting But it was little difficult to put my words togather The best part about the book is though it s a nonfiction it s fast paced The pictures in the book have made it interesting.I want to give it 4 5 And I want to thanks the publisher for this amazing book.

  3. Ronita Banerjee says:

    Name Nightmarch A journey into India s Naxal HeartlandsWritten By Alpa ShahPublished By HarperCollinsPages 326Review There are certain books in this world that takes you places and fulfills the promise of a memorable experience.Yet, those are the books that are toughest to review.Nightmarch by Alpa Shah kept its promises From the very first time I set my eyes upon this book I knew it would be a page turner and I felt ecstatic to be right about it.From living with the revolutionaries to writing a book on the real life stories of the people who took the path of Maoism, Alpa chose a path which is actually less travelled by From the stories of unemployed youth who joins the rebellion to highly educated men who surprisingly chose this path of revolution The only question arises is Why Why these men who could have lead lavish lives and spend lumps of money, joined this struggle against the government jeopardising a secured future The answers to these questions are beautifully weaved in the pages of this book.The way the author stated facts about countries other than India where the ideals of Maoism are popular to the most brutal means used by the Indian government to eradicate the Maoists from India and put a stop to this Naxalite movement deserves appreciation.The condition of the Adivasi families which forced both the men and their women to pick up arms and join this revolution is depicted in a subtle yet note worthy manner The story of Gyanji, who left the comforts of his middle class family to join this movement and how he becomes the leader of a guerrilla platoon touched my heart.Adding to this outstanding description are the images that Alpa, provided from her stay with the Maoists.I would have love to see a day when books like these will not have to published as fictions Alpa Shah did something really admirable and with Nightmarch she did made her journey and that of the thousand revolutionaries out there extraordinary.

  4. Chittajit Mitra says:

    The author takes on a challenge to explore the world of Naxalites from an inside view in her quest to do so she travels from the naxal affected areas of India covering several states The author tries to understand their psyche which makes them leave their normal lives join the forces of revolution resistance against the government From unemployed youth to well settled affluent people, men or women, the author captures their stories in the most sensible riveting way Read the full review on Just Another Bookaholic

  5. Rutuja Ramteke says:

    Nightmarch By Alpa Shah Genre Non fictionPublisher Harper Collins.Introduction Alpa Shah set out on a seven night march with a guerrilla platoon across 250 kilometres An anthropology professor, she wanted to understand why, against the backdrop of a shiny new India, the country s poor had shunned the world s largest democracy and united with revolutionary ideologues Dressed as a man in an olive green guerrilla uniform, Alpa was the only woman and the only person not carrying a gun in the platoon Unfolding Alpa s years of research and immersion into the daily lives of the tribal communities in a Naxal stronghold..My Opinion After, alot of days I got to read such a strong non ficton read We have only heard about naxals but no one has seen them, experienced their behaviour or way of life We are afraid of them because we think they are aggressive but have we ever thought why they are so Or why the peaceful adivasis decided be naxalties Alpa Shah, the author herselfs dares to stay with him, explore their land life with them brings a very fresh, strong journey full of experiences through this book Each every page has something new it s really a page turner The only thing is, you need to be curious interested to read about naxalties The book follows not only the author s life with them but also talks about their lives struggles, we no one knows The book beautifully yet strongly takes you to various journey and provides s smooth storyline The cover is really marvellous and the title is amazing..Pros This was the first book I read about naxals felt I really could connect with their pure hearts and the author s dedication to bring them in focus was marvellous The book has a strong writing style which keeps the reader going even in ups downs Amazing blend of various feelings whicb forces a reader to question themselves Language is moderate I do recommend it to everyone.Cons No such cons but the book is not meant for weak hearted, the book could have strong narration though Much loved read..Rating 4.25