Wish I could change my looks: Face of Gujarat riots
Zahid Qureshi and Vijay Zala
Posted On Sunday, February 03, 2013 at 08:43:53 AM
Ansari works as tailor in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad - He is the face of 2002 Gujarat riots. And, it is a face he hates. So much so that Qutubuddin Narsuddin Ansari has dreamt of going under the knife to change his looks. Sheer helplessness drives the 38-year-old’s desire to resort to plastic surgery. He wants to wipe out the features that keep him tied to the state’s turbulent past.
Ansari’s photograph pleading with security forces with folded hands during the post-Godhra riots had become the symbol of the carnage across the world. Recently, the photograph was shown in Bollywood suspense thriller Rajdhani Express, starring Jimmy Shergill and tennis star Leander Paes.
“The photograph was used by many for their benefit. But it has destroyed my mental peace. I have tried to move on but someone somewhere displays this picture and turns my life upside down,” says Ansari, who has slapped a legal notice on the filmmakers for using the photograph in a ‘slanderous’ manner. The self-employed tailor is settled in Ahmedabad.
“Please do not reveal the area I live in. After the riots, I moved to Malegaon and started working as a tailor. One day, a coworker saw the cursed photograph in anewspaper. He showed it to my employer who promptly fired me saying he did not any controversies. I then shifted to Kolkata.
But whenever focus shifted to the Gujarat riots, this photograph was featured in papers. “Finally, I returned to Ahmedabad and got a job in a factory. Things were fine till an NGO used my face on their posters to mark the anniversary of 2002 riots. My employer saw it and fired me,” says Ansari, adding that he is now self-employed.
thank you for covering the story, but i would like to point out that the above photo says "including Dhaval (inset)" but he is actually the deceased Devraj Dholakia. Please try not to make such mistakes. I am a regular AM reader and this kind of mistakes might leave and impression on the newspaper
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Information regarding – A Gang of cheaters: Dr. Dhiraj Jumbad (Mumbai) Mohammad Ismail, Atiqurahman , Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, Mohd. Ishaq R/O Cross Road, NIDA Colony Mau near Andhe Ki chowki Lucknow and their Asssociates
It is a interstate gang earlier it was operated from Lucknow in the name of “Rida Academy” after this they have changed their name “Guide Educational Advisory” and looted crores of Rupees in the name of admission. Several cases were registered in Gomti Nagar Police Station, Lucknow and absconding. In Bihar NBW is issued against them. Mohammad Ismail S/o Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, Alias Sahil, Sahil Naqvi, Sahil Doshi, Mohammed Ismail, Ismile Khan, Atiqurahman S/o Mohd Sayeed Alias Mishan Patel r/o Mominabad chowk Dt. Hardoi(U.P.) (Both are Brother-in-Law) and their Associates had opened a fake account in IOB Fort Mumbai in the name of Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University) in order to clear the Bank Draft by submitting fake papers and committed a Bank fraud. Besides admission fraud they are running detective firm “ID Intelligence
let the country know this. nothing above humanity... there is a difference between the apology by sri ashok mochi and rajnath singh. Mochi realised his mistake and exhibited his human heart but rajnath again wants to cheat the people for the sake of vote. let the
true Indian think before ink in the forth coming election.niether Modi nor his ideology suits I ndia.
I had raised the issue of loot and cheating by Auto Rikshaw drivers some months ago to your paper with copy to R.T.O and Police Commissioner but not their menace has increased to this level as every passenger is victim of their extortion. The CNG prices are reduced by 25% therefore the rate should also be reduced by similar percentage. Also, the R.T.O and Police should commence sample checking of the meter tampering cases which are on increase and this issue was raised by me some months ago. I do not know against what constraints/consideration these both authorities are quiet.
They all are doing best work in their field.God bless them all.I personally know About MR Hidayatullah Saiyed He runs their classes for competitive exams very well and many student are selected from their classes in various govt jobs
It is just selfish apology from party They need Muslims vote from whole country to get good numbers of LS seats.And Mr E.E Saiyed said Islam believes in forgiveness.As a Responsible CM still after 12 years We can not seen any apology from him.