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A Halt At Purgatory?
Hounded at home in Gujarat, thrown out of jobs, then feted and welcomed in Calcutta.... For Qutubuddin Ansari, whose tear-streaked face came to symbolise the horrors of the Gujarat carnage, life refuses to ease its pressures. Ansari’s brother, sister-in-law and their children, who still live in Ahmedabad, have been facing the ire of the locals not exactly pleased with his much-publicised Calcutta rehab. "If I knew this would happen, I would not have come here. There’s no complaint against Gujarat...," Ansari told the Calcutta press. The political leadership’s subsequent response, articulated by CPI(M) state secretary Anil Biswas, has been one of subtle distancing despite the fact that West Bengal’s minister for youth welfare and minority affairs, Mohammed Selim, was instrumental in bringing Ansari to Calcutta. The Left Front doesn’t want to be accused of making political capital out of a riot victim.