The Long March
Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | English Fiction
The Long March
Author: Namita Waikar
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing
Award Category: English Fiction
About the Book:
In Vidarbha, yet another debt-laden farmer commits suicide. His death leaves his family—especially his twenty-year-old son, Vikram Sonare—devastated and furious. But Vikram’s work with the Agricultural Technology Centre and new-found knowledge of social media inspire him to build a network with youth across India and start a silent revolt.
In Mumbai, twenty-six-year-old Mallika Joshi works with an NGO. While on assignment in Vidarbha, she meets farming families neglected by the government and suffering under the weight of increasing debts. Moved by the hardships they’ve faced, and inspired by Vikram’s efforts, she becomes an integral part of the movement.
Together they embark on an epic mission to draw attention to the plight of farmers and other underprivileged sections of society, and finally mobilize millions of people to march into the major cities of India. After the success of the march, the group transforms into a revolutionary political party. But will the existing political forces allow it to succeed?
Urgent and inspiring, The Long March is a necessary story for our time.
About the Author:
Namita Waikar was born in Mumbai in 1961 and studied Biochemistry at the University of Mumbai. She is managing editor of the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) where she leads and writes for the Grindmill Songs Project and oversees its translations programme. She is also a partner in a chemistry databases firm in Pune, which is the culmination of her work experience as a biochemist and a software project manager.