Gujarat Files/ Anatomy of a Cover Up/ Rana Ayyub

The Talk –


Rana Ayyub will be reading and discussing from her book ‘Gujarat Files’. It is an eight month under cover investigation on the fake encounters and Gujarat riots exposing the complicity of Politicians. In 2010, her investigation on fake encounters landed the first serving Home Minister Amit Shah behind bars. Posing as Maithili Tyagi, a student of the American Film Institute Conservatory along with a French intern, she did a sting operation on some of the top officials and bureaucrats in Gujarat. Tehelka, the organisation for which she did this investigation refused to publish it citing political pressure. Further two publication houses with whom she had a contract eased out of it. When the mainstream media too looked the other way, she self published the book in May 2016. From 500 copies to 40000 copies, Gujarat Files is one of the success of the year 2016. In a review, Business Standard called it India’s entry to the Pulitzer.

Please gather by 7 pm for food, beverages and seats.

The Talk –

Live Gig/ Imphal Talkies/ Politics & Peace


At NH7 Weekender Shillong set, Imphal Talkies’ opening song was a folk song ‘seihou’ followed by Qutub Minar which is a song against the draconian act AFSPA. Akhu blindfolded himself on stage and dedicated the song to all the children of Kashmir who were recently blinded by pellets fired by Indian Paramilitary Forces. This is all they could do and that’s how they showed solidarity from a militarised land to another militarised/oppressed land.

A singer-songwriter from Manipur, he leads the folk-rock band, Imphal Talkies and The Howlers, who have been called the voice of the north-east by Rolling Stone. Akhu’s music is charged with social and political import, speaking out against the insurgency, army rule and human rights violations.

The band has cut two albums so far, Tiddim Road (2009) and When The Home Is Burning (2014) and have released singles from time to time. The band conceived The Imphal Music Project in January 2013, an attempt to make musical collaboration possible between artists from Indian subcontinent. The band was chosen as one of the 33 bands from 33 countries for the music album compilation entitled “Album of the Revolution” released in UK by Un-convention and In Place of War. The band’s single “Eche (A tribute to Irom Sharmila)” was used by Amnesty International India as part of their campaign to release Irom Sharmila.

Poetry Reading


Priyal Gagan’s poetry is a meditative vomit of existential truths, exploring the nature of – love, gender identity, sexuality, violence, freedom & nudism.

Wildly queer, her poetry is futility’s purpose & equality’s dream.
While in the backyard, Anger is seducing Sorrow.

She will be accompanied by ko on Guitar.