Gujarat Files by Rana Ayyub
On 27 May 2016, The Caravan Conversations launched the journalist Rana Ayyub’s self-published book, Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up. In 2010 Ayyub, then working for Tehelka magazine, conducted a series of sting operations on bureaucrats and senior police officials in Gujarat who confirmed government complicity in the violence against Muslims during the 2002 riots in the state. She noted that the common thread among all her undercover investigations was one person: Amit Shah, then home minister of Gujarat and currently the president of the Bharatiya Janta Party. At the launch, Ayyub was in conversation with former additional solicitor general and Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaising and the journalist Rajdeep Sardesai. Jaising, who represented the CBI in the court during its probe into the fake encounters in the state, said that everything Ayyub found aligned with the evidence the CBI collected. Ayyub also decried the fact that she had approached 12 publishing houses and several media organisations to publish her material, but all of them refused. The discussion was moderated by Hartosh Singh Bal, the political editor of The Caravan. Watch the video of the event here.