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Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up

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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 h ...more
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Published May 18th 2016 (first published March 2016)
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5 stars for the journalistic courage on display. 1 star for the atrocious, typo-ridden, grammatically awkward writing that made my eyes bleed. Next time Rana, please just hire a better editor or, better still, a ghost writer.

But to simply criticize the quality of the writing would be to sidestep the real issue which is the truth of what happened in Gujarat at the time of the riots and how the state machinery bent to the will of those in positions of power to orchestrate possibly the most barbari
Alok Mishra
Aug 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
The book is hilarious! I mean it. An undercover operation has been painted in all its glories but the 'author' hasn't offered even a single cognisable or verifiable piece of evidence for her 'operation' and it was so 'brave' that her sponsors denied publishing it – the same organisation whose founder was jailed (and it still shamed) because of a harassment case. Tejpal, you all know. So much blah blah and no substance. An alternate version of Shashi Tharoor if you are low on budget. Enjoy!

Harsh Tiwari
Jul 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
'I have the evidence. Please read my book.' Said a journalist.
'Why don't you go to court with your evidence and get the culprits nabbed.' Asked the reader.
'No, I cannot fool the judges or advocates. I can only fool my readers.' Came the honest reply.

Waste of time. It seems like her Twitter rants, without any merit.
Ravi Gupta
Jul 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-worth
Read the last chapter first and you will understand everything in black and white. It's pure propaganda without an iota of fact! Coward author. ...more
Abha Grover
Jul 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: waste-of-time
Unfortunately, I read this book. However, at the end of this book, the author has hopelessly given it away... please don't waste your time! ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Just another propaganda book by sellout journalist Rana Ayyub. Here she says she have evidences, proofs and sting footages. And she tries to portray herself as genius who tries to find the genuine truth. This book was published in 2016 and I am sure she found all evidences before 2014 . Why doesn’t she go to court before 2014 and even now why doesn’t she appealed to the court. No Rana Ayyub will not go to court because she doesn’t have any proof. This book was written for her agenda. No doubt ev ...more
Ravi Upadhyay
Jul 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
The book is a botched attempt at writing a piece with highly malicious propaganda. It does not make any sense because the author does not have any proof for her claims.
Nandakishore Mridula
As a species, we are a forgetful lot. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the political arena. So yesterday's persona non grata becomes today's messiah.

This is what happened with Narendra Modi, the current Prime Minister of India.

In 2002, Gujarat in India was witness to one of the worst episodes of ethnic cleansing in modern history - when crazed mobs of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad went on a spree across the state, slaughtering Muslims at will. The ostensible reason for the carnage was the bur
Deepak Chaudhari
Jul 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
The author has not offered a single evidence for her claims. This is a fiction presented as non-fiction and a fabricated account.
Gaurav Sharma
Jul 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
The book is a farce. The author has gone to the nth floor crying foul play but she hasn't given a single piece of evidence. How could she do so? In the end, she craftily says that her evidence was seized by her employer. What a comic fall! ...more
Book'd Hitu
Jun 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
One of the most idiotic book I have read till date.

Rana Ayyub portrays herself as a superwoman for whom all the top leaders and cop chiefs of Gujarat are waiting to reveal their secrets with a red carpet welcome.

I wasted my time and money on this book.
Nitish Sharma
Jul 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Don't read it! If you accidentally buy it, just bin it asap or recycle so that the paper can be put to some valid use. ...more
Apr 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
A cheap attempt to get attention, well a failure one. Only serve for propaganda, far from reality. She did not have any evidence of what she is saying. Why somebody is not going to court when she have the courage to write this made up story. It's better to read books from other authors or just read real facts that it was a consequence of burning a train. ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
I have lived through the riots and even driven on the highways during the period. I was in Ahmedabad at that time. So I know a little about the first hand experience. So I was intrigued and wanted to check this book though I doubted the veracity of the author.
This book is not only badly written - which is inexcusable but the arguments put forward are hilarious. There is no proof or even logic to the turn of events. Its sensationalism and trying to feed off the insecurities of the minorities in
Nirwa Mehta
May 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
this book is nothing but a collection of personal vendetta against Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Had no substance, no logical conclusion. Waste of time and money. Not worth the hype.
May 23, 2021 rated it did not like it
I wish I could give this book less than 1 star.

Honestly, I came to read this book after seeing Rana Ayyub's rants on twitter - giving her the benefit of doubt that may be that's not all she does. But I was WRONG. This book is just another one of her bigger rants, because tweets have character limit.

She starts off the book with something and ends with something else altogether. The only common thread from her tweets and this book is her hatred for Modi-Shah.

Her portrayal of a braveheart who is re
Nakshatra Mishra
Jun 22, 2022 rated it did not like it
Subjective, biased and one-eyed analysis of the events from a very personal point of view... ignoring all the facts and figures. The author has written it in poor English, coupled with headless editing and useless assertions.
Radhika N
Aug 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: propaganda
Well, you can certainly judge this book by its cover!
Anand Singh
Jun 22, 2022 rated it did not like it
I don't know what is there to read in the book! The author says leave everything and believe me because I say so... strange! ...more
Devendra Babu
Jun 22, 2022 rated it did not like it
This is as much an investigative book as Rana is a journalist! Propagandist collection of personal and whimsical lies fabricated to concoct the truths of the history... the author does not care of mention what fanned the fire – the Godhara murders that did not show any sympathy for kids and women.
Anuya Patel
Jun 22, 2022 rated it did not like it
I can write anything conjured in my imagination and get it self-published to coax all to believe and give in to my hallucinations... that's not being an author. ...more
Jun 24, 2022 rated it did not like it
She wails in the public that she feels Indian society is oppressed and yet choses to be someone with a 'Tyagi' surname. Well, who knows!
Nevertheless, the book doesn't have any merit since its purely out of an imagination. Lacks proofs and credible evidence that could used to substantiate the propagandist and maligning writing. Many have come forward to refute the book, the ones who are mentioned in it. The author is out on bail in a fund fraud case as well. Her credibility is not good.
Aug 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
I'm really sorry to people out there and me for I read this book. Worst? I completely read this book.
I really really really want my time back.

After the recent anti-CAA protest and expose on how it was carried out, I thought let's give this book a chance. Let's see what happend in 2002.
Boy, I was so wrong. I mean even fiction is written better than this. Like really?

It's a bad written book, a real bad case of writing. A real real bad case of writing.

To top it all, the woman couldn't even h
Rahul Sharma
Sep 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: propaganda
Hah! I wasted my time just to see how pathogenically the author has tried to create an illusion. Anyone can claim anything unless we tighten the levels of truth.
Shreyansh Thakur
Apr 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
Supreme court on liar Rana Ayyub's book,"The Book by Rana Ayyub is of no utility. It is based upon surmises, conjectures, and suppositions and has no evidentiary value. The opinion of a person is not in the realm of the evidence. There is a likelihood of the same being politically motivated, cannot be ruled out". ...more
Sonitabh Yadav
Apr 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Has to be classified as fiction. Alice in Wonderland kind of approach. Every input and interview has been watered down to seem like some big conspiracy reveal. I read this before I knew much about the author. I have researched her since. Her twitter suggests that all Indians die of coronavirus because there is nothing left to save in India. Had I known the kind of propagandist behind this book, I wouldn't have bothered. ...more
Mohit Rajpoot
Dec 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
A fiction published as actual events with awkward grammar and a lot of typos.
Wasted my time by reading this book after all the hype around it, the only explanation for this book could be the systematic propaganda.
Better avoid it.
Mar 16, 2022 rated it did not like it
Bogus all lies even when she presented her book in the court even they rejected her saying there are all lies in the book
Jagdish Sharma
Jun 22, 2022 rated it did not like it
The usual left narrative left with no evidence, no plot and no truth. Believe me because it's me attitude does not work in publications! ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rana Ayyub's journey through the corridors of power when the infamous 2002 riots happened is an intriguing one. Having read few exposes by the same journalist, it does not come as a surprise. Her effort to uncover the truth is laudable. This may not be the best book when it comes to an analysis, but her journey through the living rooms and dining rooms of the officers which helped the State achieve its goals is worth a read. A strange sense of fear creeps in when you read this knowing that the p ...more
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Rana Ayyub is an Indian journalist and opinion columnist with The Washington Post. She is the author of the investigative book Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up. Her father, Mohammad Ayyub Waqif, was a writer with Blitz, a Mumbai-based magazine, and an important member of the progressive writers movement. The city witnessed riots in 1992–93, during which time the family moved to the Muslim-domi ...more

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