Join us to launch and discuss Alpa Shah’s new book, The Incarcerations: BK-16 and the search for democracy in India.
As general elections fast approach in the world’s largest democracy, this event asks what democracy today must urgently ensure for our common future. In her latest book, Alpa Shah pulls back the curtain on Indian democracy to tell the remarkable and chilling story of the Bhima Koregaon case, in which 16 human rights defenders (the BK-16) – professors, lawyers, artists – have been imprisoned, without credible evidence and without trial, as Maoist terrorists. The BK-16 were accused of inciting violence and plotting to kill the Indian prime minister. But Professor Shah finds a shocking case of cyber warfare - hacked emails, mobile phones and implantation of electronic evidence used to make the arrests. Diving deep into the lives of the BK-16, The Incarcerations shows how the case is a bellwether for the collapse of democracy and why these events matter to all of us.
Meet our speakers and chair
Alpa Shah (@alpashah001) is Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her last book, Nightmarch, was finalist Orwell Prize for Political Writing, New Statesman Book of the Year, finalist New India Foundation Book Prize, longlisted Tata Literature Live Non-Fiction Award, winner Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Book Prize.
Christophe Jaffrelot is Avantha Chair and Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's India Institute and also the Research Lead for the Global Institutes, King’s College London. He teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po, Paris and is an Overseas Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was Director of Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI) at Sciences Po, between 2000 and 2008.
Tarun Khaitan joined LSE as Professor (Chair) in Public Law in 2023. Previously, he was the Professor of Public Law & Legal Theory at Oxford and the Head of Research at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Oxford.
Priyanka Kotamraju is an Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity and an independent journalist from India, with nearly a decade of experience in the media industry focused on issues of social justice, gender, and inequality. She is also a PhD Candidate in Sociology and a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge and a co-author of The Murderer, The Monarch and The Fakir: a new investigation of Mahatma Gandhi's assassination.
Deborah James is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at LSE and a Faculty Associate at the International Inequalities Institute. She is a specialist in the anthropology of South and Southern Africa.
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