On August 16, 2017, India’s award-wining Muslim female investigative journalist and author Rana Ayyub, 33, was presented with the Courage in Journalism Award by the Vancouver-based Radical Desi monthly news magazine founded by a Sikh journalist Gurpreet Singh.
Indian journalist and author of 2016 investigative book, Gujarat Files, Rana Ayyub exposing the Indian government’s cover-up of 2002 Muslim massacre in Gujarat state under the premiership of the current Indian prime minister Narendra Modi also known as Butcher of Gujarat, which resulted in murder of more than 2,000 Muslim men, women ad children while Hindu fascists rapped hundreds of Muslim girls and women (watch video below).
In order to get to bottom of the massacre plot, Rana Ayyub talked to leaders of the BJP, RSS, VHP and other anti-Muslim Hindu extremist groups and attended their meetings posed as an upper-class Brahmin American filmmaker Maithili Tyagi with a hidden microphone under her western dress. At that time she was working as a journalist for Indian magazine Tehelka. She even met Narendra Modi who was leader of RSS then. Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Vinayak Godse was a member of RSS.
The Tehelka editors under Hindutva pressure refused to publish her investigative report which claimed that Gujarat state government headed by Modi blamed the train deaths on Muslim extremists, but that was never proven. According to Ayyub, police killed Muslim men in staged “encounters”, and later described them as jihadi extremists.
Rana Ayyub resigned from Tehelka in protest and tried to published a book on her investigative report but no Indian publisher would take the risk. In the end, she published it by herself. The book’s forward is written by retired Indian Supreme Court justice B.N. Srikrishna – and 50,000 of its copies have been sold so far.
Because of her book implicating Modi in the 2002 massacre, Rana Ayyub is unable to find a full-time job in journalism. She has received abusive and physical threats from rabid followers of the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party. On April 6, 2017 Rana Ayyub, took to Twitter to name and shame a Hindu who had sent her abusive messages with sexual overtones on Facebook.
In October 2016, Rana Ayyub who was the chief speaker at an event organised by the Indian Association of Bihar and Jharkhand (IABJ) in Doha, Qatar, was told by the organisers that they were instructed by Indian ambassador to either cancel the event or drop her from the list of speakers. Along with Ayyub, Kashif-Ul-Huda, founder of the news website Two Circles.net, was also supposed to speak at the same event that was planned as a commemorative programme celebrating the 85th birth anniversary of former Indian president and Father of the Hindu nuclear Bomb, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
Last month, the Vancouver temple (Gurdwara) where Narendra Modi spoke in 2015, denied an opportunity to Rana Ayyub to address the congregation under Indian government pressure.
Last year, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau made fun of Narendra Modi by saying his cabinet has more Sikh ministers (4) than Narendra Modi’s (2).