A Salute to the Mumbai 26/11 Martyrs and Victims

A year back, 10 measly Pakistani Muslim terrorists took the Arabian Sea route to the financial capital of India, Mumbai. In almost 3 nights of terror and mayhem, they killed 170, wounded nearly 300 physically and millions others, mentally. Today, we stand together as a nation to salute the Mumbai 26/11 martyrs and victims.

26/11 Terror attacks in Mumbai

On 26th November 200, terrorists attacked the heart of Mumbai, from famous historical landmarks, to hospitals. Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, Oberoi Trident, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Taj Mahal Palace and Tower and Nariman House saw the deadly killings. Mumbai’s top police brass was hit hard with Joint Commissioner of Police, Anti-Terrorist Squad, Hemant Karkare, Police Inspector, Anti Extortion Cell, Vijay Salaskar and Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte, laying their lives for the nation. The National Security Guards lost Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and Commando Gajendra Singh.

A lone terrorist, Ajmal Kasab, was captured alive. Although Kasab accepts his crime, and several video footage as well as surviving victims have identified Kasab as one of the terrorists, it’s sad to see that India is yet to announce a suitable punishment for him. he has been kept hold up in the jail, while his trial reaches over a year. We talk tough about terrorism and terror attacks, but when it comes to actually show the terrorist outfits how tough we are, we falter.

Case in point is the Afzal Guru case, where the terrorist was awarded a death penalty after having been caught in the Parliament attacks case in Dec 2001. 9 years later, religious politics and unwillingness of the Central Govt has seen the terrorist survive till now. The 1993 attacks terror cases still continue with no death sentences implemented till now. One just hopes that Mumbai attacks terrorist doesn’t get a similar favor and manages to keep his case dragging for several years.

Today’s a day of retrospect, to look within ourselves and understand that people who died that day in Mumbai, died for a cause, died because we weren’t strong enough to prevent the attack, died because we have failed every time to prevent a terror attack. From National Capital Delhi To Mumbai, several terror attacks have occurred over the past few years and we have failed to punish even one singe person responsible for the attacks.

It’s time now to join hands, to stand together as a Nation. Forget the differences on the basis of caste or religion or social status. Just stand together, and force the Govt to take your and India’s security seriously. Shun away politicians who play with your sentiments, who bring in more harm than good. Bring a change within, so that India can change…

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