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Book Talk with Journalist Rana Ayyub: Digging Up Dirt on India's Prime Minister


Loyalty Bookstores is teaming up with the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women's Media Foundation to launch a series of talks with fierce women journalists from around the world. We're kicking off with a rare opportunity to chat with Rana Ayyub, one of India's leading investigative journalists. Her recent international bestseller, Gujurat Files: Anatomy of a Cover-Up, unravels the involvement of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in state-sponsored violence in 2002. IWMF Deputy Director Nadine Hoffman will join Rana in conversation about diving headlong into the murky world of Indian politics and pointing the finger at the country's most powerful figure - who draws comparisons to Trump. If you want to learn one thing about India today, make it this.

Rana Ayyub's books will be on sale at the store on the evening of the event. 

Stay tuned for our fall schedule of monthly talks with women journalists in The Reading Room!


Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover-Up is the account of an eight-month long undercover investigation by journalist Rana Ayyub into the 2002 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 held pivotal positions in the state between 2001 and 2010. The transcripts of the sting operation reveal the complicity of the state and its officials in crimes against humanity.

With sensational disclosures about cases that run parallel to Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’s ascent to power and their journey from Gujarat to New Delhi, the book tells you the hushed truth of the state in the words of those who developed amnesia while speaking before commissions of enquiry, but held nothing back in the secretly taped videos which form the basis of this remarkable read.


RANA AYYUB is a prominent Indian investigative journalist and a political writer and an important voice from South Asia. She has worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with some of the leading publications in India and internationally. Her pieces appear in the Washington Post, New York Times, Guardian and Foreign Policy among other publications.

She was an Editor with Tehelka which was India's topmost investigative magazine. She has reported on religious violence, extrajudicial killings by the state, insurgency and authored an international bestseller Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover-Up, an undercover investigation which exposes the complicity of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in state-sponsored genocide. In a career spanning twelve years Rana has been awarded the Sanskriti award for integrity and excellence in journalism from the President of India. She was the recipient of the Global Shining Light award for Investigative journalism in the year 2017 and the Most Resilient Global Journalist of 2018 at the Peace Palace in Hague. She has also been named by Time magazine among ten global journalists who face maximum threats to their lives. Rana is based in Mumbai.

NADINE HOFFMAN is the IWMF’s Deputy Director, and she can often be found wrangling journalists in under-reported places. After starting her career as a reporter in Boston, Nadine transitioned to non-profit work, focused on international human rights and education. She has been a part of the IWMF team since 2010. She is passionate about developing programs to support the IWMF’s global community of female journalists, traveling to far-flung places, and smashing the patriarchy.

Originally from Pennsylania, Nadine holds a Bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and a Master’s degree in journalism from Emerson College.


Event date: 
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
827 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011