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 | 134 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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134 Responses to “Myth 12: The photo of Qutubuddin Ansari is genuine”

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  1. 70
    Australian AUSTRALIA Says:

    In that case, you should easily be able to PIN POINT what is wrong and accept the challenge. Pin point what is wrong and bring your evidence and refute this website’s evidence.

  2. 69
    trueindian Says:

    this website and the authors are a joke and so are some of the gujju commenters here from US claiming to be indian….this is coming from a Hindu Gujja….yuo Hijraz

  3. 68
    jha s Says:


  4. 67
    black mirror Says:

    You made various good points there. I did a search on the theme and found mainly persons will agree with your blog.

  5. 66
    Indian in Australia AUSTRALIA Says:

    Of course the photo is fake!
    On first floor, if he needs to fly to see rioters, then why should he plead for mercy with those hands? To whom should he plead with those hands? No one? The claim is that he is begging for mercy to rioters who are ON THE FIRST FLOOR. Will there be a cameraman like Arko Dutta on first floor at that very moment, and if he is there, will rioters not destroy his camera or attack him? And why did Arko Dutta waste his time trying to get a photo of Ansari instead of interviewing him? Also, those who asked this question need not have any credibility or locus standi. (What locus standi do YOU have, by the way,or anyone else claiming this photo is true?) It makes no difference WHO is asking, what matters is WHAT is being asked. This site is not the first one to ask these questions. They have been raised many times in the past, and are as old as this photo itself, and have never been answered, either by Ansari or Arko Dutta. Also, the real photos are of Godhra victims whose bodies were burnt to coal, including 2 year old children roasted by Muslims, these real photos have been blackened out by the media.
    All Indian and foreign journalists have never answered these questions, always skirted them. Of course, this man was a real victim and later he made this FAKE POSE for Arko Dutta to click. And you are putting words in the mouth of this site-by wrongly questioning if this site is sad that he is dead. How did you conclude that they are sad? No one ever said anything like that, because you cant answer these questions, you make such allegations…

  6. 65
    Roving Mind INDIA Says:

    In the name of freedom of speech, you mak dubious,unproven statements. Anyone can say or write anything, but its upto us to have a sense discretion. Do the people who make these statements about this photo being a fake have any locus standi or credibility ? I see none.

    And I see the reasons for this picture to be fake very silly

    Just because one cant see rioters, doesnt mean this photograph is fake. If Ansari is on the first floor of the building, how can one anyway see the rioters, unless they were flying. And I am sure they werent.

    And are you feeling sad he was left alive ? Perhaps policemen rescued him.

    If the rioters have not destroyed the camera, ask that to the rioters. That doesnt make the photograph a fake.

    And how can they expect that the photographer must have read this website and then will find the webmaster’s address and posting his reply to him ? Please truthfully reply, have you asked the question to the photographer ? Have you actually sent the question to the photographer ? Have you bothered in getting a reply from him ?

    And by the way as far as I know, hundreds of Indian and foreign journalists have interviewed Ansari – many have investigated the incident and none of them have cast any aspersion on the truth and on the genuineness of this photo. And this photograph was not shot in isolation, but with many reporters, photographers and TV cameraman around – both Indian and foreign. So there is no doubt about its genuineness. This all is common knowledge, available in many interviews and articles, to all those who want to do some research, which you have not.

    Its very easy call this picture a fake, by people who feel embarrassed by the reality, by what had happened during Gujarat Riots. Please be careful before pointing fingers or throwing stones.

  7. 64
    trur indian Says:

    i am citizen of india i am a person who accepts the truth and i really feel you are absolutely right

  8. 63
    EDX INDIA Says:

    Deepak its easier to say that you are better that u r not an indian any more but this indian name will be there unless u die man u must not forgot that its easy to comment on situation but its hard to face and u dont know the actual thing happened and ur giving a long presentatons on it hmmmmmmm Thats cheap man

  9. 62
    Dharmesh UNITED STATES Says:

    How about below, Rodney King? its not long ago, hardly a decade before Gujarat riots and actually 8 years after Delhi(Sikh) riots.

    so Deepak, riots have nothing to do with country, its a result of imbalance in society.

  10. 61
    Vivek UNITED STATES Says:

    Mr.Deepak should check out his head before posting comments on this site.Use and throw(and get back new)it is culture of USA.HINDUSTAN have great culture and we extremly proud of it.The past history of HINDUSTAN was sad for HINDU religion.And now on the name of secularism,each and every government of Hindustan teach the moral values like secularism,woman respect,patriotism to all Hindus but they are not having any dare to teach that kind of moral values to other religions.and people like Mr.Deepak getting happy by blaming HINDU organisation for riots like Gujarat.USA also face cultural and problem.and i think Hindustan having great culture than USA.

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