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[Book Review] Gujarat Files: A brave journalist’s first hand account of organised terror

If only good people had spine, the world would have been a different place.


Valour, bravado, Unquenchable thirst for the truth; these words instantly appear in the reader’s mind when he/she starts this book. A book without any publishing house or company, a book without an editor. Indeed it’s a marvellous feat achieved by Rana as she makes sure that the book sees the light of the day amidst all the hardships.

The book starts with a rather confusing foreword. Justice Sri Krishna who wrote it seems a bit apprehensive about the contents of the book but lauds Rana’s bravery anyway.

This work of investigative journalism epitomizes the threats and hardships, and shows the test of one’s character while doing such dangerous undercover investigations as well.

The book contains accounts of the writer’s undercover conversations with various officers of Gujarat Cadre as well as few politicians. It excites the reader to hear these high profile people speaking in a tone one can’t imagine they could.

The book unravels the dirty politics which was played at the backdrop of Gujarat riots of 2002, a bout of fake encounters involving few high profile cases such as Soharabuddin and his wife Kausar bi, Isharat Jahan; and the great mysterious murder of former minister of state for home, Haren Pandya.

While on one hand, the book leaves the reader in awe of the bravado of Rana’s journalism, it saddens the reader on the other by unravelling the dirty nexus between power-hungry politicians and greedy bureaucrats.

In the end, the reader is left with only one thought and that is “if only good people had spine the world would have been a different place.”

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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