David Picherit is a research scholar in anthropology at CNRS, Laboratoire d’Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative, Paris Nanterre. His previous research focused on labour circulation, development and politics in Telangana, India. His research was based on long-term ethnogaphic fieldwork among low-caste manual labourers who migrate seasonnaly between their villages of origin and the urban and rural construction sector. He is currently interested in the everyday articulation between violence, democracy, and economy in South India. He explores how violence is practised in the contemporary modes of economic and political governance in the state of Andhra Pradesh. His ethnographic fieldwork is focused on the henchmen of politicians-cum-businessmen and their roles in criminal politics and economies (notably sandalwood and granite business).