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India at 75: Rana Ayyub on Secularism and the Threat of Hindu Nationalism

Ayyub discusses how she believes secularism has been eroded in India and how it can be defended from rising Hindu Nationalism

Rana Ayyub is one of India’s most high-profile critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In 2016 she published Gujurat Files, a controversial book that alleged India’s government was implicated in the 2002 riots in which around 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in Gujarat. Ayyub’s book and subsequent investigations into religious violence in India have placed her in hot water with the authorities. In 2022 her bank accounts were frozen and she was prevented from boarding a flight to the United States from Mumbai airport due to an investigation into tax fraud which she claims was politically motivated. 

In September 2022, Ayyub came to Intelligence Squared for the first installment of our new series ‘India at 75’ ,which will examine the future of the country 75 years after its independence. In conversation with author and broadcaster Kavita Puri, Ayyub discussed how she believes secularism has been eroded in India and how it can be defended from rising Hindu Nationalism.


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Rana Ayyub

Multi-award winning Indian journalist and opinion columnist with The Washington Post


Multi-award winning Indian journalist and opinion columnist with The Washington Post. She is author of Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up. She has written for publications including The New Yorker, TIME, The New York Times, Guardian, Atlantic and Foreign Policy. In 2022 she was awarded the International John Aubuchon by the National Press Club of Washington DC, the Club's highest honour for press freedom.
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Kavita Puri

Broadcaster and author of Partition Voices: Untold British Stories


Journalist, broadcaster and author. Her 2019 book, Partition Voices: Untold British Stories, is based on her award-winning documentary series of the same name. She presents the series Three Pounds in My Pocket, a social history of South Asians in post-war Britain, and is a regular presenter of The Inquiry.