Agent : Victoria Hobbs
Alpa Shah was raised in Nairobi, studied at Cambridge and completed her PhD at the LSE where she now teaches anthropology. In 2010, she made a 30-minute documentary on ‘India’s Red Belt’ for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Crossing Continents’ and has since featured on other programmes: ‘From Our Own Correspondent’, ‘Thinking Allowed’, ‘Four Thought’, ‘Incarnations’, ‘From Savage to Self’ and ‘The World Service Weekend’.
Nightmarch is Alpa’s first creative non-fiction book, based on her journey into the underbelly of the Indian subcontinent to understand how and why, behind the mask of a shining ‘new India’, the country’s poor shunned the world’s largest democracy and united with revolutionary ideologues to take up arms against rising inequality. Alpa is also the author of In the Shadows of the State: Indigenous Politics, Environmentalism and Insurgency in Jharkhand, India and the lead author of Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st Century India.