Prof. Tathagata at Rana Ayyub’s Gujarat Files, book launch. Lamakaan, Hyderabad

2 July 2016 – Rana Ayyub’s “Gujarat Files: Anatomy Of A Cover Up” – book was released at Lamakaan, Hyderabad. The event was jointly organised by AISA and Lamakaan.

“About the Book:
In 2010, the journalist Rana Ayyub spent eight months undercover in Gujarat. Ayyub, who was then working for Tehelka magazine, posed as a filmmaker. She met bureaucrats and senior police officials in Gujarat who held pivotal positions in the state between 2001 and 2010. The transcripts of the sting operation, unpublished so far, form the core of her book Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up. The self-published book narrates what the officials revealed about the complicity of the state machinery in the anti-Muslim violence in 2002, as well as in “encounters” such as the one that resulted in the killing of Ishrat Jehan, and the murder of the state home minister Haren Pandya, events that accompanied the consolidation of power in Gujarat by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.”


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