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. 80
    RC Sharma INDIA Says:


    First you staqted that Arko arrived WITH the army convoy, rioters had fled and he took his picture. Now you say that army convoy was far off. Why so much contradiction in just two posts?

    Had the rioters fled seeing the army? Then to whom was Ansari pleading?

    Did he really use a 200 mm camera from 500 meters distance?

    Ansari’s shirt is too clean and is well ironed to a victim of violence. His bandage cis fresh and snow white. After being subjected to violence, Mr Buff? The wall is spotless, was it cleaned for the photo?

    @no name is required

    You want the complete truth? Therefore the questions MUST be resolved to bring out the full TRUTH. You are right, the photo is fake in block capitals.

  2. 79
    Save Me from Teesta and Mahesh Bhatt: ‘Face of Gujarat Riots’ | IndiaWires Says:

    [...] According to the website, the photo is not genuine (Link) [...]

  3. 78
    photobuff Says:

    @ Ramesh

    i am a photojournalist on field for a long time now. i have seen situations and can analyze images wrt the angle, focal length etc. rebuilding a probable scene. i can spot a fake or photoshopped image from a mile. My deductions of this photograph have been based on my past visual and field experiences. its much like a coroner doing a post moterm looking at the victim. even a beginner in the field could come to this conclusion looking at the image visually.

    a 200mm lens will capture images from more than 500mts away. the army convoy was far off when these image was taken.

    wrt the bandage on the face, maybe it was an old injury, part of an ongoing treatment. i am assuming just as you have based your argument on the assumption he put it on the same day.

    assumptions aside, i have drawn conclusions based on experience and technical analysis of the image. i have no reason to be biased towards mr arko, mr ansari or anybody else on the site.

    the sad truth remains, thousands were emotionally scarred for life with an meaningless riots.

  4. 77
    Ramesh AUSTRALIA Says:

    @ PHOTOBUFF Your explainations are all awesome What is your source for them? Calling all genuine questions raised in this website as “RETARDED” shows your mental level- calling all doubt-raisers as RETARDED instead of respecting their intelligence and replying to theor questions so as to settle all their doubts. Also, no one has ever answered the above questions, apart from you who was tried to give answers without the slightest refernce to support your claims. AND AS EXPECTED YOU HAVE NOT ANSWERED- HOW DID ANSARI HAVE TIME TO APPLY BANDAGE TO HIS FACE? And if the rioters had already left seeing the Army with Arko Dutta close enough to shoot a photo, then to whom was Ansari pleading? THE VERY FACT that Ansari and ARKO DUTTA have never ever answered any of these questions though they have been raised for many years proves that they have something to hide. FORGET ALL THAT- IF YOU EVEN ANSWER THIS ONE QUESTION- How Ansari had time to apply bandage to his face while pleading rioters for mercy I will see some merit in your arguments. ANSARI AND DUUTA SHOULD AT LEAST ANSWER THIS QUESTION- HOW DID HE HAVE BANDAGE ON HIS FACE?

  5. 76
    photobuff Says:

    this is what happened:

    rioters set the building on fire hoping to bring a slow and painful death to Mr Ansari.

    While they watch the building burn ansari pleads to them to spare his life.

    mr arko like all journalists travels with a army convoy which arrived at that time

    seeing the presence of the army the rioters were forced to flee.

    arko and other journalists use a 200mm lens to zoom in closer, that explains the tight shot without surrounding

    the fire’s died out with time and the army convoy waiting outside the house thus saving ansari’s life.

    mr arko and ansari lived to show the world the face of the gujrat riots where innocent muslims were killed by their heartless neighbours.

    mr arko like every leading journalist will never reply to retarded comments and allegations like the ones i have read.

  6. 75
    no name is required INDIA Says:

    dear friend roving mind-no body here is even bothered about the genuineness of the photo of mr. ansari but we are just bothered about the issue of using it as the face of gujrat riots…..godhra carnage was the worst phase in the history of india and no one is willing to remember it…. even mr. ansari …. but questioning about it makes it even more worse…..we just want people to know the complete story and showing just a half of it will make the consequences even more complicated …. so rather than counter questioning and putting allegations go for the complete story ….. and please don’t take it otherwise….

  7. 74
    no name is required INDIA Says:

    all right !!!! let us for one minute suppose that this(pic of qutubuddin ansari) is not fake….agree that he suffered …. but was he the only one to suffer ????? no , certainly not…. taking it from the the slightest point of logic , no body can deny the fact that this photo is for sure fake……we have full sympathy with him but it doesn’t mean that we are ready to accept whatever is being served……both-sides suffered but who suffered more is a question to be asked…..and the answer lies in the photos above of carsevaks…….

  8. 73
    vasim Says:

    ye danga mere samne hi hua he jaise kal ki hi baat ho………..jab kutub bhai ka photo khicha …… me unke baaju me hi tha ……me 8 saal ka tha or me bahut hi dara hua tha ………..

  9. 72
    RC Sharma INDIA Says:

    I will give a sickular counter to #7 and 8.

    Rioters applied the bandage to his face and he was pleading from first floor to rioters who were on the ground floor outside the house. He was pleading through the window and Dutta was in a helicopter.

  10. 71
    hindustan key baremy kuch keheny key layak abhi bane nahi hey AUSTRALIA Says:

    hindustan jinda bad ,hindu dharm key jay,

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