Hundreds of people across Indian diaspora came together in solidarity to express condolences towards the 250+ families which were devastated because of the 10 terrorists that were known to have sponsored and trained by Pakistan …. reports Ragasudha Vinjamuri, Video by Brijesh Bhagat
Marking the 11th year of the gruesome terrorist attacks of 26/11 on the financial capital of India Mumbai, it was a sombre occasion that was observed by the Indian Diaspora walking from Hyde Park Corner to the Pakistan High Commission.
Hundreds of people across Indian diaspora came together in solidarity to express condolences towards the 250+ families which were devastated because of the 10 terrorists that were known to have sponsored and trained by Pakistan.
“It was a general feeling that terrorism is not a means to achieve anything – whether in India or the UK or the US or anywhere else. Instead of spending energies on such negative ideologies,” said Sushil Rapatwar, one of the participants. “We are sure people from different countries including those which may be breeding grounds to anti-social elements would like to see aman (peace) and prosperity towards their own families. So the common message was to discredit and stop terrorism-sponsored activities and work towards the betterment of humanity.”
India Pays Tribute
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation on Tuesday to pay tributes to those killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks 11 years ago, Twitterati too joined in.
Hashtags MumbaiTerrorAttack were trending with 57.5K tweets, #MumbaiAttacks with 23.1K tweets, #2611attack with 7692 tweets, and #HemantKarkare with 2444 tweets.
Twitter users posted pictures of the terror attack along with pictures of security personnel who fought against the terrorists and those who were killed in action.
At least 166 people, including foreigners, were killed when 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists attacked five major sites in Mumbai 11 years ago.
Union Minister of State Babul Supriyo tweeted: “Tributes to our brave security personnel who sacrificed their lives for our security. Let us vow to stand united against terrorism and be prepared to defeat cowardice acts like these. #2611attack#MumbaiAttacks”
US Ambassador to India, Ken Juster, wrote on @USAmbIndia to remind that November 26 marks the 11th anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack.
“As we remember and honor the victims and stand side-by-side with the people of India, we must remain strong and united in the face of terrorism, and more determined than ever to defeat it. #2611Attack,” he posted.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said: “Heartfelt tributes to the valiant martyrs of the #2611Attack on the 11th anniversary of the tragedy in Mumbai. We will never forget their sacrifice ? their sacrifice unites us against the forces which intend to divide us with terror.”
Industrialist Anand Mahindra posted pictures and posted a couplet. He commented: “On 26/11 there is no other subject to tweet about. We remember their battle; we remember their courage; we remember our debt to our heroes…”
Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata on Tuesday paid homage to the “spirit and sense of unity” of Mumbai on the 11th anniversary of the dastardly 26/11 attack.
“A lot has been said about the tragedy of 26/11. The memory of the carnage and loss of life, is still painful. We won’t forget the needless suffering caused across the city. But we remain proud of the spirit and the sense of unity of Mumbai.
“We can be hurt, but not knocked out,” Tata said in a tweet, attaching a photo of he standing with policemen out the iconic Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel. The Tata property was one of the key targets of the 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan who went on a murderous rampage across the city November 26-28, 2008, killing 166 people, including foreign nationals, before being overcome by security forces.
Video by Brijesh Bhagat