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Say The Word

You are a believer and for this I will put in a word, many words in fact of thanks on my website and on Facebook. Your support is precious. Thank you! 

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Infra-red `Iyes’

  • You see before many, the merit in this project. For this special infra-red vision, you will be thanked profusely and publicly- in the acknowledgements page of my book. Of which you will of course get a signed copy, along with an invitation to the book launch and a thank you poster containing book artwork! 

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Nose for Nuance

  • For sniffing the merit in this project with your already nuanced sense of smell, I will put together special praise - four lines that describe you, in a thank you poster. 
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Extra-Terrestrial Ears

  • You hear me, don’t you? For that extra-terrestrial attention, I will give you the option to let me write you a page. This could be the cover letter to an important document where every word matters. Or a make-or-break introductory email or even your resume. Any page that needs a re-write has my ear. I will gladly do your bidding.
  • Alternatively, if you'd like to sign up for a Skype session with me on Writing and Reporting from Conflict Zones, or sign your child or friend on for a class, I'd be more than happy to oblige.
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Extra-sensory Energy

  • The energy we radiate determines much of what we do and how the world receives it. For giving your extra-sensory energy to this project, I would like to send your special energy out into the world. Send me a note and I will tag it to `The Sorry Tree' at the only museum of conflict in India,`The Conflictorium. ' This tree in the museum is laden with messages from visitors from across India. And now it will have yours! I will take a picture of your message tagged to its branch and mail it back to you.
  • You also get all Infra-red `Iyes' rewards 

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Hideously Historical Head

  • You need to know what came before, always, in everything you write and read. For this hideously historical head, your copy of the book will come with a Gandhi pen from the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
  • I am offering to take you on a day tour of Ahmedabad, if you'd like to visit. Alternatively, tell me what kind of pictures you'd like to frame for your wall and I will use my photography skills to deliver those to you.
  • And do mail me your picture, I would love to put it into a thank you video for the website.
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A Stomach for Shit

  • That’s vital for writing about violence and of course reading about it. As an antidote, I’ll offer you my services as a poet. I am no Eliot but you may discover I’m not half bad if you hire me to write a paean to your lover or a limerick about your boss. Verse comes to worst, you’ll shove it and further develop your stomach for shit.
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A Glorious Gut

  • For being such a brazenly bold supporter of this endeavor, you are invited to a feast cooked by me, after the book is released. Alternatively, a sambar rice or a mutton curry is on the menu too. You tell me what you prefer and we shall have a glorious gluttonous meal together.
  • If you can't make it to the launch dinner, I will curate a customized food hamper for you wherever you are.
  • You will also get 10 recipes of the best Gujarati food and these will factor in your palate.
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A Hole In Your Heart

  • The ‘hole in your heart’ is what many of us fill with writing. If you have heaviness in your heart that you need to unburden, or stuff you need to talk about, I’d be happy to hear it. And then I promise to read you the best prose and poetry that has helped me through similar circumstances. Even if you don't want to pour your heart out, just tell me what makes your eyes light up and I will read to you...over four special sessions, by appointment...over the phone or on Skype.
  • You will also get a customized poster of the book with your name printed below, to remind you forever that this is a book which only got written because you willed it!
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Atomic Ambition

  • This is essential to deliver the nuclear vision being created with all your help. This is where I am on call to help you with your ambition. If you have a book or pages you’re working on or an office document that could use a fresh set of eyes, I am more than happy to help make it better – upto a hundred pages of text. You can also loan this offer to someonein your family or a friend in need of this.
  • In addition, I'm making you a very special deal. I volunteer to be your virtual walkathon partner for a whole month. This means I will wake you up at the time you resolve to get on that walking track in the morning, every day, and stay on the phone until I can hear you doing the paces.
  • If you're already a serious walker, then there has got to be another habit you need to make or unmake. It takes 21 days to form a new habit...I'm adding another seven to take you through it. As your very own personal NAG!
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About the project

A hideously compelling story of three people who were once part of a genocide in India. 



Violence in its extreme, is the most terrifying and perplexing part of who we are as people. When a whole group of people commit extreme violence together, it’s even more bewildering. Who are these individuals that can rape a pregnant woman and dash her half-formed foetus to the ground on one day and then go back to `life as usual’ after the anger is spent? These are the questions I am trying to answer as I write `The Anatomy Of Hate.’ The book looks closely at members of a religiously motivated lynch mob to understand what turned these individuals to commit hate crimes. But through members of this mob, the book is telling a universal story, of how all of us have a dark side, which; under extreme stress, a history of prejudice and a certain set of circumstances, can take over.



What is this book about?

Much has been written of the hate crimes that took place in Gujarat in the year 2002. But none of it has focused on the individuals that perpetrated the riots. This book makes an attempt to tell the story of the perpetrators of violence instead of its victims, with a firm belief that unless we learn to look at how violence is made within individual minds, we cannot possibly find a way to unmake it. This book is NOT an attempt to hurt the sentiments of any ethnicity in India.



How much of the book is done?

Half the research of this book is done. This is the second half of my journey that I am now reaching out to you for. It will take a year to get the research and writing done and I aim for it to be out in print by December 2017.



Want more on the book? Here’s the background.

Our democracy in India is both robust and fragile. It was born in 1947, of a non-violent and Gandhian struggle for independence from the British. However, violence was equally a part of its birth as two nations - India and Pakistan were carved from rivers of blood, half a million people killed over religion. Ever since, any pull towards fanaticism - by any religious group - causes an earthquake like rupture in our fragile secular fabric. In the last few years in particular, this schism has opened up again, with the rise of hate crimes committed by religious fringe groups. And the origin of this new wound goes back to the year 2002.

Why crowdfunding?

As a journalist I have tracked the 2002 Gujarat story for over a decade. I lived in the state and reported from the ground the year after the mass violence took place and developed strong links with people from then on. This is how I managed to get the perpetrators of violence to share their stories. I believe their admissions are a rare and precious gift which puts me in a unique position to deliver on the goals I have set out.

In addition, I have the support of one of the best publishers - Harper Collins India. And India's best known mind on politics and psychology - Professor Ashis Nandy, who says he is happy to mentor me in this project.

 

How will the money be used?

Rs. 320000 in Living Expenses

Rs. 80000 in Admin Fee

Rs. 300000 in Research and Travel

Rs. 50000 in Legal Fees

Rs. 50000 in Translation Fees


What are the risks and challenges associated with your project?

The biggest risk with my project is of being misunderstood. The 2002 Gujarat riots is a subject that is closed and the word on the ground is that it is best forgotten. I do however have a robust plan in place to tackle these apprehensions. First, I tell people that if they really put their ear to the ground they will hear the fear and despair and guilt of people that were connected with or part of the violence of 2002. I tell them that unless we learn to look at that trauma, it will not go away. I am completely transparent in my intent and this has allayed the fears of skeptics who think that my project has a narrow goal or that I am somehow writing this with the backing of political parties opposed to the present government. When people who make these accusations look at my body of work closely, they see that as a journalist I have been motivated only by facts and that I have always been deeply critical of injustice wherever that takes place and at the behest of every possible political dispensation, in India and abroad. I also have access to the best lawyers and advisors in the media as well is in outreach on the ground, to help if anyone has any large concerns or fears they would like addressed.  

What happens when I don't raise enough money?

If I cannot raise the money I target, I will take a loan or alternatively get a job and have to make trips back and forth to Gujarat when I can to finish the book but of course that will take much longer than a year...but there is absolutely no way I will give this up no matter what the obstacles in my way. I believe this has the power to change a lot and I will not give it up for anything. 

How am I going to prove that I won't just take all the money and run away?

Everything I say and do rides on my reputation. It' finally all comes down to trust. That is the only currency a journalist or a writer has - trust. But there are objectively speaking many checks and balances in place as well to make you feel more secure about putting your money on this project. Firstly, I have a fabulous publisher on board - Harper Collins India, with whom I have a written contract. They will make sure I do not run away with the money since their reputation rides on having put their faith in me. I also have the support of a team which of people that are also putting their reputation at stake. They will catch me by the collar if I try and run, since they're in the media and publishing worlds and know how to find me if I try and vanish. 


Team

Revati Laul

Team member

Jatin Gupta

Team member

Hitesh Kumar / Splat Studio

Team member

Tilo Gummel / Kalakar

Team member


Reviews

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Gayatri

1 July, 2016

Revati ! Kudos to you ! Love always !


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Deepan

22 June, 2016

Journalism is very tough only Interest and Involvement with more will power to expose the truth ,which is very much needed to reach greater heights. I like to wish you and your team to build a Product that helps us o know the "The Anatomy Of Hate ".


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Ankit Gupta

18 June, 2016

R, I am not the first in supporting you. But I am the last one to make you cross that mile. You know what you mean to me and how much I respect your work and love who you are. Cannot wait for you to complete this amazing journey. Lots and lots of love, Ankit


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Rachna Singh

18 June, 2016

Good luck! So looking forward to your book. Big hug. Rachna


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Vikram Baluja

18 June, 2016

Best of luck !!


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Kevin Oakley

15 June, 2016

Kudos to you Revati. I can't wait to read the book.


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Pradeep Bhat

11 June, 2016

Very thought provoking idea. All the best !


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Aditi Saxton

10 June, 2016

We love you Rev, and couldn't believe more strongly in who you are and what you do... all our support, always, b&b


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Bilal Zaidi

9 June, 2016

Best of Luck!! In case you are not able to meet your 100% target and you decide to host your project on a more liberal crowdfunding platform, feel free to reach out! Best, Bilal


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Heidi Lipsanen

9 June, 2016

go,go,go Revati! I really hope you will raise the money!!!


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Javed Jafri

7 June, 2016

We need more good humans on the planet and you seem to be one of them. It is always an uphill task to creat awareness of injustice anywhere in the world. Moreso under the current dispensation in our country . Your effort is a laudatory. May God bless you.


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Bina Sarkar Ellias

7 June, 2016

Wish you all the best in your endeavours.