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Gujarat Files: A Book That Exposes the Truth Behind the 2002 Riots

Gujarat Files is a book by journalist Rana Ayyub that reveals the shocking details of the 2002 Gujarat riots, fake encounters and the murder of state Home Minister Haren Pandya. The book is based on an eight-month long undercover investigation by Ayyub, who posed as a filmmaker from the American Film Institute Conservatory and interviewed bureaucrats and top cops who held key positions in Gujarat between 2001 and 2010.



The book contains transcripts of the sting operation that show the complicity of the state and its officials in crimes against humanity. It also exposes the role of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, who were then the Chief Minister and Home Minister of Gujarat respectively, and their journey from Gujarat to New Delhi. The book tells the hushed truth of the state in the words of those who lied before commissions of enquiry but confessed in the secretly taped videos.

Gujarat Files is a courageous and controversial book that has faced legal threats, censorship and intimidation from various quarters. It is also a bestseller that has been translated into several languages and has received critical acclaim from readers and reviewers alike. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle editions on and

If you want to know more about Gujarat Files, you can follow Rana Ayyub on Twitter (@RanaAyyub) or visit her website ( You can also read some of her articles on NDTV and Outlook. You can also download a free PDF version of the book from

What are the Gujarat riots?

The Gujarat riots were a series of violent incidents that took place in the state of Gujarat in India in February and March 2002. The riots were triggered by the burning of a train carrying Hindu pilgrims in Godhra on February 27, 2002, which killed 59 people. The incident was blamed on a Muslim mob by the state government and the media, and sparked retaliatory attacks on Muslims across Gujarat.

The riots resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, and the displacement of over 200,000 people. The riots also involved widespread looting, arson, rape and mutilation of Muslims by Hindu mobs. The state police and administration were accused of being complicit or inactive in preventing or controlling the violence. Several human rights groups and independent commissions have documented the atrocities and the failure of justice for the victims.

Who is Rana Ayyub?

Rana Ayyub is an Indian journalist and author who has worked for Tehelka, a investigative magazine known for its sting operations and exposÃs. She has reported on various issues such as terrorism, corruption, human rights and communal violence. She is best known for her undercover investigation into the Gujarat riots, which she published as a book titled Gujarat Files in 2016.

Ayyub is also a vocal critic of the Modi government and its policies. She has faced harassment, threats and online abuse for her work and views. She has also been awarded several national and international honors for her journalism and activism. She is currently an independent columnist for NDTV and Outlook. c481cea774


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