Book review: Gujarat Files
Rana Ayyub's book on the 2002 Gujarat riots reveals her courage, and information that authorities should examine. But it lacks a clear narrative of the cases and people involved, and raises serious, fundamental questions about journalistic ethics
Indian politics is divided so deeply today that Rana Ayyub’s deeply troubling account of her brave sting operations for the magazine Tehelka, where she was an investigative reporter, is unlikely to sway anyone. Those who support Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah will find nothing redeeming in the book. They will see it as another attempt to smear their heroes by bringing up the spectre of the 2002 Gujarat riots.