I ordered this Gujarat Files because I was curious. I wanted to find the truth regarding Gujarat riots and involvement of the Government at that time. First, let me tell you, my observations:
- Gujarat Files has many editorial mistakes and lack of citations in key areas. But then we have to give credit to the author since she has self published. There were no takers in the publishing space to put this book in print. It seems to be a hastily written book on the overall.
- People are now debating many ‘facts’ in the book. Ishrat Jahan case is a classic example. There is always a strong element of doubt. Sometimes you might find yourself thinking “Is this really true?”. At the same, at other places in the book, you might find yourself nodding your head and agreeing with her.
- The most dangerous thing I found was that after reading this book, many, especially youngsters might loose faith in the system. As it is so many have already. I have a different take on the matter. I suggest to read Gujarat Files from a fact-based perspective. Read it without bias towards any political party or agency. Furthermore, little bit googling after each chapter helps a lot.
- People advised Rana, the author of Gujarat Files, to put tapes of her sting operation in public domain. Till date she hasn’t done that I believe. Since if she does that, there would be lot of substantial evidence to support the prose in the book.
- The public’s response on reviews especially in Amazon was sad to see. People have labelled her like anything without even going through the book itself.
Sad to see fake reviews that people have put on Amazon & Flipkart without reading it. You just need to put a verified purchase filter to check the actual feedback from readers. Fortunately PaisaVasool follows Goodread reviews - hence the 8 rating.
About the Book
Gujarat Files is the account of an eight-month long undercover investigation by journalist Rana Ayyub into the Gujarat riots, fake encounters and the murder of state Home Minister Haren Pandya that brings to the fore startling revelations. Posing as Maithili Tyagi, a filmmaker from the American Film Institute Conservatory, Rana met bureaucrats and top cops in Gujarat who held pivotal positions in the state between 2001 and 2010. The transcripts of the sting operation reveal the complicity of the state and its officials in crimes against humanity.
With sensational disclosures about cases that run parallel to Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s ascent to power and their journey from Gujarat to New Delhi, the book tells you the hushed truth of the state in the words of those who developed amnesia while speaking before commissions of enquiry, but held nothing back in the secretly taped videos which form the basis of this remarkable read.
About the Author
Rana Ayyub is an Indian journalist who previously worked for Tehelka, and is now an independent columnist with NDTV and Outlook.She resigned from Tehelka in November 2013, to protest against the organization’s handling of a sexual assault charge against its editor-in-chief. Rana Ayyub’s investigation of the Gujarat fake encounters got enormous coverage. Infact, it has been listed by Outllook magazine as one of the twenty greatest magazine stories of all time across the world.
In October 2011, Rana Ayyub received the Sanskriti award for excellence in journalism.
Rana Ayyub won the journalist of the year award by Muslim Mirror in 2016. Muslim Mirror is one of the leading voices for minority justice in India.
Rana Ayyub was listed in 2010 as the 50 most influential Muslims in India since the partition. Her name figured alongside Shahrukh Khan, Sania Mirza , Azim Premji and Shabana Azmi.
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