Gujarat Riots: The True Story

The Truth of the 2002 riots

The Godhra Carnage

Difference between Godhra and other tragic incidents

Several people- unable to understand the sufferings of the Hindu society- have asked- “Why did riots occur only after Godhra? Why was nobody targeted after the Akshardham temple attack- or after the attacks on Mumbai on 26 November 2008?” Well- the answers are many.

Myth 12: The photo of Qutubuddin Ansari is genuine

Posted on May 22, 2008 - Filed Under 12-Concocted Lies and Myths by the media | 133 Comments


This photo is reproduced here in this book on page 136. This photo has been used repeatedly to tarnish the name of BJP, VHP and the Bajrang Dal throughout India. The victim, Qutubuddin Ansari, is seen pleading for mercy to the rioters. Later he is shown in Kolkata, living happily on the help given by the West Bengal government which is of the CPI (M) and Left parties. Many questions that arise, (and some of which were raised by the then RSS chief K S Sudarshan in his speech in Nagpur on 4thOctober 2003) are:

1-A MASSIVE CLUE IS GOT ON THIS PHOTO BEING FAKE (means taken after the incident  by the photographer asking the victim to pose thus, or taken when Ansari was genuinely in such a position but definitely after the incident was over) looking at the bandage on the poor victim’s face. This suggests that after the incident was over, bandage was applied to his face, and then the photo was clicked.  If this photo was clicked with the mob targeting him and he pleading a bloodthirsty mob for mercy, how did he have the time to apply bandage on his face?

2-Also, it seems scarcely believable that the victim is pleading to rioters to spare his life on the first floor of the building, no rioter is seen in the photo, the photographer Arko Dutta was present at that very moment in that building to snap this in his camera and the rioters did nothing to either the photographer or the victim and allowed him to snap such a clear photo of the victim.We have utmost sympathies for the victim, Mr Qutubuddin Ansari since he was no doubt a victim of the riots.  But that cannot be a license to concoct a fake photo and circulate it the world over instigating innocent people to terrorism.

3-If Mr Qutubuddin Ansari was seen pleading for mercy to rioters on the first floor of a building, how is it that no rioter is seen in the photo?

4-How and why did the rioters leave him alive and not kill him?

5-How was the photographer allowed to take the photo by the rioters? Why did they not attack him?

6-How, at least, did the rioters not destroy his camera if they would have left both Ansari and the photographer alive?

And  a couple more:

7-Can the photographer, Mr. Arko Datta of the Reuters, explain any of the above questions?

8- Can Mr Ansari answer any of the above questions and other questions which may be raised on this issue now that he lives happily in Kolkata? (He has since returned to Gujarat). Here it must be said that the poor victim Qutubuddin Ansari is reported to have said “This photo was taken after the mob had left my house. The police were there and I was very scared and at this time the photo was clicked”.  This is what has been said by a senior journalist of Gujarat. However, we could not get such a newspaper report available today on the web. But to be fair, we also could not get any report in which Ansari claims to be pleading before a mob to spare his life. So it is possible that Qutubuddin Ansari himself denies that he was pleading to a blood-mercy mob. In this report it is said by a Muslim website itself that he was pleading to security forces (after the mob had left) and not to a blood-thirsty mob.

Someone must now pin-pointedly ask him about this. If Mr Ansari claims that he indeed was pleading before  a bloodthirsty  mob, then it must be asked to him as to how he had bandage applied on his face. The poor guy is also fed up of the constant use of his photo and harassment and has urged the media to leave him alone many times, starting from as early as August 2003.

We repeat here that we have utmost sympathies for the victim, Mr Qutubuddin Ansari since he was no doubt a victim of the riots.  But that cannot be a license to concoct a fake photo and circulate it the world over instigating innocent people to terrorism.



These are just 2 of the true photos of Godhra victims. Will the media dare to show them worldwide? NDTV and CNN-IBN will never, in their wildest of dreams think of showing these photos, which are true, but circulate the fake photo of Qutubuddin Ansari worldwide which is highly inflammatory. The lies of the media have caused many innocent Muslims to turn fanatics. If the Muslims (and also our own liberals) had known the guilt of Islam in roasting Hindus in Godhra, and seen the gruesome photos of Godhra, they would not have been needlessly instigated by the post-Godhra riots (which were also not one-sided).

This tale of lies and myths is unending. It can go on and on and on. An enterprising writer would do well to compile an encyclopedia of these media lies on the entire Gujarat scenario. He can start with media lies on Godhra, on concocting imaginary ‘provocations’ for Godhra, the lies concocted on the post-Godhra riots-such as the extent of the riots, the number of people killed, the imaginary tales and stories of unnamed victims, the rapes and murders of innocent people, etc etc. And he can conclude with the media’s malicious reporting during the Gujarat Assembly elections of December 2002 when the media was the Congress’ pillar and tried to defeat the BJP. The BJP, which suffers the maximum damage from these lies, has unwisely allowed the media to escape the courts for one-sided, malicious lies.The real photos are reproduced here. The media especially TV channels like NDTV and CNN-IBN will never dare to show these pictures- though they are true, and circulate the false photo of Qutubuddin Ansari worldwide.

  (An article on some facts about the media can be read here NDTV is CPM Today“. And another article which is worth reading is “The channel’s strategy of attacks”. Note that these articles are purely the view of the blogger and not of )

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133 Responses to “Myth 12: The photo of Qutubuddin Ansari is genuine”

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  1. 10
    Iqbal UNITED KINGDOM Says:

    Check this site (managed by the Press Institute of India)

    Mr Datta never claimed that he took this photo in front of rioters

    Do you have any evidence to support your claims that this photo was staged?

    And as far as victims are concerned they have used DNA identification to ascertain the numbers on what basis you are claiming that Hindus were killed instead of Muslim or do you believe in the Goebbels’s tactics
    “Goebbels used to say if you repeat a lie several times it becomes a truth,”


  2. 9
    Jai Shri Ram INDIA Says:

    Who told you Ansari was pleading to the RAF there for protection. It clearly looks to be a staged photograph, taken by your evil minded jihadi clan. Who lost out the most in the carnage, the HINDU’s were at the receiving end. Your people planned the massacre and did it. You killed so many innocent hindus on that fatefull day.

  3. 8
    Jai Shri Ram INDIA Says:

    Oh Vineet, if a member of your family would have been killed in this massacre, then your reaction would have been totally different. I would like to ask you, did you see this whole massacre with your own eyes, nope… you are sitting somewhere miles away from the place, where this took place and yet you say its only 1000 people and not 2000. Ask the people, who suffered it.

    Hindu’s were massacred and cut there. It was havoc all around and yet you say these stupid words here.

  4. 7
    Iqbal UNITED KINGDOM Says:

    I think the author made a mistake
    Ansari was pleading with the Rapid Action Force (RAF) for protection was described by some in the media as ‘the face of the carnage’. and not the rioters

  5. 6
    sam AUSTRIA Says:

    India is a great nation and its greatness is just because of its diversity. And every attempt to harm that diversity makes our nation less great.
    Think about it and love all irrespective of caste, creed or religion and if possible irrespective of nationality. I am sure all NRIs will agree to the last point too!

  6. 5
    Anonymus INDIA Says:

    All citizens voting for Congress rememebr this – during rioting a muslim will not ask if you are a Hindu voting for Congress or BJP, for a muslim, hindu is a hindu and he would kill irrespective which party you belong and vice versa.

    During Gujrat riots there was a huge chunk of Congress people who massacred, loted, rioted muslims.

    So muslims have to learn a lesson that if they have to stay in India they have to stay in peace and love, as hatred cannot kill hatred only love can kill hatred

  7. 4
    a proud hindu INDIA Says:

    So called “secular” plz listen to this:

    Does a secular democracy means doing only “anti-hindu” things?

    All the media attention went only to those to the Godhra train burning; did any TV or radio thought of reporting about the dead ones in the trains; ie the Karsevaks.

  8. 3
    Rajesh Nayak INDIA Says:

    “Your mom”- you dont know whom to criticize. Most of what has been written here is taken from pseudo-secularist sources-who have LIED a thousand times that “Muslims were butchered in Gujarat”- such as The Times of India, The Hindu, India Today, The Indian Express and the UPA Government. The only thing you can do is to abuse the author- you CANNOT counter even a single point that he raised. You do not even deny that thousands of Muslims were saved from certain death in Sanjeli, Bodeli, and Viramgam.

  9. 2
    Deepak Kamat INDIA Says:

    The author is right.

    The pseudosecular Indian media resorts to blantant lies and twistory to serve its own purpose.

    Gujarat was a case of selective outrage by the media. No tears were shed for the Hindus. Crocodile tears were shed for the Muslims.

  10. 1
    Vineet INDIA Says:

    Crass, crap that the general Hindutva and BJP fanatics spew day in and day out. Nothing unusual,it is, actually, quite depressing to read that the author seems to justify the fact that not 2000, but only 1000 people were killed in the riots.
    I would like to ask the author if he has had a member killed during a communal riot.

    Also, clearly, all of this information is user generated off the internet or mass media, so I don’t really trust the statistical accuracy of it.

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