Rajeev Bhattacharyya is the author of Lens and the Guerrilla: Insurgency in India’s Northeast, the first pictorial book on insurgency in India. He is a freelance journalist based in Guwahati and had earlier worked for The Times of India, The Telegraph, The Indian Express and Times Now. In 2004, he was selected for the Chevening Fellowship in the UK where he studied the peace process between the British government and the Irish Republican Army. He was the founding executive editor of Seven Sisters Post in Guwahati. Besides contributing regularly to academic journals on issues ranging from conflicts to the deteriorating natural environment in the north-east, he also lectures in reputed institutes.
About the book
Rajeev Bhattacharyya walked nearly 800 kilometers for three months and twenty days, over some of the most hostile terrain and through no man’s land – a journey unprecedented in Indian journalism. He visited the rebel bases in Eastern Nagaland in Myanmar, stayed in the ULFA camp and interviewed its chief of staff Paresh Baruah, as also chairman of the NSCN (Khaplang), S. S. Khaplang. He interacted with rebels from banned outfits like NDFB, UPPK, and PLA. For many of them, this was their first conversation with the journalist.
Rendevous with Rebels is the story of that journey, as much travel memoir as it is a hard-hitting political account of the fissures that mark the conflict’s in India’s northeast.