What does India’s booming growth mean for the poorest who built it? Behind the Indian Boom travels across the country to meet its Dalits and Adivasis — its low caste and tribal communities — historically stigmatised as ‘untouchable’ and ‘wild’. Theiir cheap labour and land are the source of economic growth but they are also fighting against the situation they find themselves in. This is photographic essay spans the production of different commodities from tea to cotton, explores the building of the infrastructure of growth from construction to dams, and investigates the extraction of mineral resources. Everywhere Behind the Indian Boom highlights the precarious conditions of work, the exploitation and oppression, and the resistance of Adivasis and Dalits
Alpa Shah is Associate Professor (Reader) in Anthropology at LSE. She is the author of Ground Down by Growth (Pluto, 2017) and In the Shadows of the State, Indigenous Politics, Environmentalism and Insurgency in Jharkhand, India (Duke, 2010). She has also written about affirmative action, labour migration, agrarian change and India and Nepal's Maoist inspired revolutionary struggles.