Rana Ayyub is an Indian Journalist. Rana Ayyub is popular for her work on “Tehelka” which is a news magazine. Likewise, since then, she has become an independent columnist and released the book on Narendra Modi.
Birth Facts, and Education
Rana Ayyub was born on May 1, 1984, in Mumbai, India. She is 37 years old and is under the astrological sign, Taurus. She holds Indian nationality and follows the religion, Islam.
Her father’s name is Mohammad Ayyub Waqif. He was a writer with Blitz, a Mumbai-based magazine, and an important member of the progressive writer’s movement. But her mother’s name is not available until now. Likewise, the city witnessed riots in the year 1992 to 93, during which time her family moved to the Muslim-dominant suburb of Deonar, which is where Rana largely grew up.
Regarding Rana’s educational background and qualifications, she did her schooling in Srinagar and went on to attend Jamia Millia Islamia University. She posts graduated in Social Communications and Media from the university.
Career and Professional Life
Rana Ayyub was able to work for “Tehelka” which is a Delhi-based investigative and political news magazine. She also had previously been critical of the BJP in general as well as Narendra Modi. She was able to work as an investigative journalist and her big assignment was to carry out the sting operation upon which her book Gujarat Files was based. Unfortunately, at the end of the sting operation, the management of Tehelka refused to publish any story written by Ayyub or based on the data collected by her. However, she even did continue to work with Tehelka for several months more.
Likewise, Ayyub as of now works independently. But, Washington Post hired her as its contributing writer to the Global Opinions section in September 2019. Then, in October 2020, HarperCollins India published an open letter written by Ayyub, to protest the controversial appointment of Actor Gajendra Chauhan as the Chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
More About Career
Moreover, she was able to take up a project to conduct a prolonged sting operation aimed at snaring politicians and government officials of Gujarat as an investigative journalist working along with Tehelka. She then went on to spend around ten months in disguise to befriend her intended targets. She even was able to get paid a regular monthly salary from Tehelka during this period. However, the information she collected was not much of help.
She published a book “Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover-Up”. She documented the verbatim transcripts of recordings, made using a concealed recording device, of many bureaucrats and police officers of Gujarat during writing the book. During this time, she also had a dispute with “Tehelka”. Likewise, her book was praised by many people and big personalities as well. And, in the year 2018, she was able to receive the “most Resilient Global journalist” by Dutch non-profit Free Press Unlimited for resisting attempts to stifle her work.
Awards and Achievements
Rana Ayyub was able to receive the Sanskriti Award for excellence in journalism, the Global Shining Light Award for her undercover investigation revealing the state’s top officials’ complicity during the 2002 Gujarat Riots, and the Most Resilient Journalist Award by Free Press Unlimited for continuing her work “despite being harassed both online and offline and receiving death threats”.
She also was able to receive McGill Medal for journalistic courage and also the 2020 Voices of Courage and Conscience Awardee from the Muslim Public Affairs Council of USA. Likewise, Ayyub has also been named by Time magazine among ten global journalists who face maximum threats to their lives and has been profiled by The New Yorker.
Rana Ayyub was at the receiving end of multiple death and rape threats on Twitter in the year 2018. During that time, they made her personal details public as well as released a deep fake pornographic video. She did report to the police but the case got closed due to not finding the culprit. Furthermore, the United Nations Human Rights Office called on the authorities in India to “act urgently to protect” her from death threats following an online hate campaign.
Rana Ayyub is possibly single and is more focused on her life and career rather than being in a relationship. Or she might have also kept her personal and love relationship private and away from the social and public world. She is very secretive regarding her personal and love life. And has always barely spoken about it in front of the camera and the limelight.
Rana Ayyub has a height of 5 feet 6 inches and her weight is 60 Kg. Unfortunately, her other body measurements are not available and are still under review. Moreover, Ayyub has black hair and dark brown eyes.
Social Media and Net Worth
Rana Ayyub is pretty active on all of her social accounts. She has garnered 303K followers on Instagram and 1.4 million followers on Twitter. Likewise, she has mustered 148K followers on Facebook.
According to popularbio, Rana Ayyub has a net worth of $1 million – $5 million and her main income source is her journalism career and also book writing.