Friendship forged after 2002 Godhra riots continues to bloom


This story of friendship is no less than yesteryear Bollywood movie Dosti. Qutubuddin Ansari and Anand Saraf symbolise the cause of humanity and communal harmony as the tale of their friendship gives only one message: We all are Indians first.

Their friendship started soon after the Godhra incident on February 27, 2002 that triggered the Gujarat riots on February 28 and March 1. The photograph of a weeping Ansari, begging for his life, became the defining image of the riots.

Back then, Saraf contacted Ansari and assured him that the riots are a result of vested interests of a handful people, but by and large, the society is not communal. Saraf eventually invited Ansari to Pune and they became friends.