Journalist Says a Sikh Family Saved Her During the 1993 Riots


Journalist Rana Ayyub Releases Punjabi Version of her Noted Book.

Determined to get to the end of her eight-month undercover investigation in Gujarat, journalist Rana Ayyub, who conducted a sting operation that ‘Tehelka’ withheld from publication in 2010, hasn’t given up.

Her belief in her work makes her want to reach out to as many people as possible. Besides attending promotional events about her self-published book Gujarat Files, the journalist released the Punjabi version of her text in Patiala last month.

In Chandigarh’s Pracheen Kala Kendra on Sunday to talk about publishing the text in 18 languages, including Punjabi, an emotional Rana was seen engaging closely with the senior citizens here.

As an octogenarian who travelled five hours in a bus to attend the event in Chandigarh recited a two-page poem in praise of her book, Rana said the Punjabi version gave her a ‘different kind of empathy’ from those connected to the region. “Be it here in Chandigarh or in Patiala last month, I have witnessed that Sikhs relate their own 1984 struggle to the Gujarat riots,” said Ayyub, adding that she was content that ‘the larger point was being conveyed on how the state machinery was now thinking of things they perhaps had been overlooking’.

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