Gujarat Files

Anatomy of a Cover Up

Rana Ayyub


Self-published by author, New Delhi, 2016

214 pages

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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.

Rana Ayyub

Rana Ayyub is a former editor with Tehelka and is presently an independent journalist and writer based between Mumbai and Delhi. Her body of investigative and political reports spanning a decade involves an expose that led to the arrest of BJP President Amit Shah in 2010. She was given the Sanskriti award for excellence in journalism in 2011.