Rana Ayyub is a journalist and writer. Rana is a Global Opinions writer for The Washington Post. Previously, she was an investigative journalist for the Delhi-based political news magazine Tehelka. She was critical of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Her reporting was instrumental in sending an associate of Modi's to jail in 2010. As an investigative journalist at Tehelka, Ayyub worked on a sting operation aimed at exposing cover-ups made by politicians and government officials in the state of Gujarat regarding the Gujarat riots of 2002. She spent ten months undercover gathering evidence. However, when it was time to publish her report, Tehelka's editor refused, and went on to refuse to publish any story written by Ayyub or based on her data. Ayyub continued to work for Tehelka, but resigned several months later over problems with sexual harassment allegations within the paper. Ayyub's self-published her work on the 2002 Gujarat riots in book form, called "Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up," in 2016. Despite the fact that no publisher was willing to publish the book, it has been a commercial and critical success. In 2018, Ayyub received the Sanskriti Award for Most Resilient Global Journalist.
In August, India suspended the autonomy of the state of Kashmir, putting soldiers in its streets and banning foreign journalists from entering. Dexter Filkins, who was working on a story about Narendra Modi, would not be deterred from going. To evade the ban, he sought the help of an Indian journalist, Rana Ayyub. Ayyub had once gone undercover to reveal the ruling party’s ties to sectarian and extrajudicial violence against the Muslim minority. In a conversation recorded last week, Filkins and Ayyub tell the story of how they got into Kashmir and describe the repression and signs of torture that they observed there. Ayyub’s book “Gujarat Files,” about a massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, has made her a target of Hindu nationalists; one of the book’s translators was killed not long ago. She spoke frankly with Filkins about the emotional toll of living in fear of assassination.
In August, India suspended the autonomy of the state of Kashmir, putting soldiers in its streets and banning foreign journalists from entering. Dexter Filkins, who was working on a story about Narendra Modi, would not be deterred from going. To evade the ban, he sought the help of an Indian journalist, Rana Ayyub. Ayyub had once gone undercover to reveal the ruling party’s ties to sectarian and extrajudicial violence against the Muslim minority. In a conversation recorded last week, Filkins and Ayyub tell the story of how they got into Kashmir and describe the repression and signs of torture that they observed there. Ayyub’s book “Gujarat Files,” about a massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, has made her a target of Hindu nationalists; one of the book’s translators was killed not long ago. She spoke frankly with Filkins about the emotional toll of living in fear of assassination.
In May 2018, the United Nation’s human-rights experts called on the Indian government “to act urgently to protect journalist Rana Ayyub,” who had received death threats after a hate campaign was directed against her on social media. An independent journalist, Ayyub has documented alleged crimes committed by public officials, including in her 2016 Gujarat Files, which investigated the complicity of politicians, bureaucrats and police in the 2002 Gujarat pogrom when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the state’s chief minister. Matters are worse for journalists outside the privileged media circuits of Delhi or Mumbai, especially those who work in the vernacular languages. In September 2017, the Kannada translator of Ayyub’s book – journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh – was murdered outside her house in Bengaluru. In this interview, Ayyub talks to our Founding Editor Kanak Mani Dixit about the traumas of social-media violence, its chilling effect on the free press and how Southasian journalists have seen worse before.
On this episode of Cyrus Says, journalist and author Rana Ayyub opens up about: The many jokes people have cracked on her name. How she went from Rakhi Sawant to Tehelka. How she carried out one of the bravest undercover operations in Gujarat. Why controversy follows her everywhere. Follow Cyrus Says on Facebook: https://goo.gl/Ekg9Iy You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcast App on Android: https://goo.gl/tGYdU1 or iOS: https://goo.gl/sZSTU5 You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
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