Shoes of the Dead
Shoes of the Dead, the bestseller which narrates life and death battle of a farmer against his inheritance of despair, will soon be a motion picture.
‘None of us can match the powers we challenge. It is an unequal fight, but we have the dead on our side.’
Crushed by successive crop failures and the burden of debt, Sudhakar Bhadra kills himself. The powerful district committee of Mityala routinely dismisses the suicide and refuses compensation to his widow. Gangiri, his brother, makes it his life’s mission to bring justice to the dead by influencing the committee to validate similar farmer suicides.
Keyur Kashinath of the Democratic Party—first-time member of Parliament from Mityala, and son of Vaishnav Kashinath, the party’s general secretary—is the heir to his father’s power in Delhi politics. He faces his first crisis, every suicide in his constituency certified by the committee as debt-related is a blot on the party’s image, and his competence.
The brilliant farmer fights against his inheritance of despair, the arrogant politician fights to keep his inheritance of power. Their two worlds collide in a conflict that pushes both to the limits of morality from where there is no turning back.
At stake is the truth about `inherited’ democratic power. And at the end, there can only be one winner. Passionate and startlingly insightful, Shoes of the Dead is a chilling parable of modern-day India.
Hardbound (2013) Shoes of the Dead Rupa Publications