Aligarh: Stating that she is proud of having raised her voice against injustice, eminent journalist, independent columnist and author, Rana Ayub whose book on Gujarat riots recently made headlines called upon the youths to open up against wrong doings.
“Even though I am called the most trolled person but I am happy to have raised my voice,” Rana Ayub said while delivering a lecture and a book-reading session on ‘Writing as a means of protest: Issues of freedom of expression and censorship’ at the Aligarh Muslim University Polytechnic Auditorium.
"I have always believed that propaganda can only be countered by speaking truth and reading the right things as we need to be aware about our history and present", she said.
She added that she raised her voice to aware people and to open their eyes.
While speaking on the importance of freedom of speech, Rana Ayub said that there are attempts to restrict freedom of speech and we need to overcome these restrictions by speaking freely.
In her book, ‘Gujarat Files - anatomy of a cover up’ published after Modi became prime minister, Rana Ayub claimed that a top Gujarat bureaucrat had told her during a sting operation that Modi, as Gujarat chief minister, had made the “decision” of bringing 58 dead bodies, charred to death in the S-6 Sabarmati Express coach, from Godhra to Ahmedabad on February 27, 2002, triggering the riots in which at least 1,000 people died.
Rana furhter revealed that “very few editors in this country can deny that they refused to publish the transcripts, citing political pressure”, adding, ‘Gujarat Files’ has been “self-published by me after topmost publishers eased out citing political pressure.”
Recalling the difficulties she faced during publication of her book and the issues it raised, Rana Ayub urged the youth to raise their voices against wrong doings.
The lecture and the book-reading session, which was attended by over 400 teachers, students, scholars and dignitaries was organised by University Debating and Literary Club, Cultural Education Centre, AMU.