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Proud of the spirit of Mumbai, says Ratan Tata; Anand Mahindra pays tribute to victims of 26/11 attacks

Political personalities, film stars and honchos of India Inc saluted the courage and valour of the bravehearts who lost their lives..

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Updated: Nov 26, 2019, 03.10 PM IST
Anand Mahindra and Ratan Tata penned beautiful tributes for the heroes who lost their lives on the fateful day.
Anand Mahindra and Ratan Tata penned beautiful tributes for the heroes who lost their lives on the fateful day.
11 years after tragedy struck the financial capital of the country, the wounds and the scars still seem fresh. Tuesday marked the 11th anniversary of the dastardly terror attack that took place in Mumbai on 26 November, 2008.

As the nation remembered the bravehearts who lost their lives in the carnage, several business tycoons, political personalities and Bollywood stars took to Twitter to remember the deceased and pay their respects to the martyrs.

Anand Mahindra, the Chairman of the Mahindra Group, remembered the courage, resolve and the debt of the heroes who laid down their lives on the fateful day.

Former chairman of Tata Sons, Ratan Tata, wrote a heartfelt Instagram post where he remembered the time when he felt helpless as he looked at the carnage and loss of life during the attacks. The business tycoon also expressed a feeling of pride over the strength and unity that Mumbaikars displayed at the time of attacks.

Ratan Tata has also been the chairman of the company that owns the hotel and had played a key role in rebuilding Taj Hotel after 26/11 attack.

The 81-year-old also posted an Instagram story sharing a post from Humans of Bombay’s Instagram account.

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"I was barely 10 years old when a bullet pierced my right leg. It happened at CST station. I was with my father and brother and we had stopped for a while to use the restroom. Before we knew it, chaos had erupted all around us. My instinct told me to run and that’s when I saw the man who shot straight at me. I felt so much pain… I collapsed. The next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital the next day. The doctor informed us about what took place on 26/11. I was so angry. Flashbacks of women and children dying at the station came back to me. But the clearest memory I had was of his face. I spent 1.5 months in the hospital being operated for the wound, but I couldn’t get his face out of my mind. As soon as I was better, I moved back to my village with my family. My father was contacted by the police to testify in court. We had to identify the attacker since we were some of the only survivors. I wasn’t scared, I wanted him to be punished. Our extended family stopped talking to us after this decision… they thought they would be attacked by terrorists because we were testifying. I walked to court in crutches. Out of the four men presented to me, I immediately recognised Ajmal Kasab. My heart was filled with anger. I wanted justice right there. That’s also when I made the decision to become an IPS officer. I thought I was being brave, but after this everyone disassociated from us. My father’s dry fruit shop shut down because no one wanted to do business with him. Our landlords hiked the rent because they think we’ve made money out of the publicity. The State Government’s promise of a flat is still unfulfilled. But we’re not giving up because we did what we had to for the country. Even though Ajmal Kasab is no more, my anger will only fully subside once I become an IAS officer and fight all this injustice. ‘Till date, I can’t enjoy Diwali or celebrate India’s win in Cricket because the sound of fireworks traumatizes me -- I know I’m not getting all these years back, but there will be an answer someday. They will face the consequence of raising a finger towards India… I will make sure of it.” #superhumansofbombay

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The post was written by a young girl, who at the age of 10, was shot at the CST station by 26/11 perpetrator Ajmal Kasab and testified in court against the terrorist.

Taj Hotels, too, sent out a tweet in honour of the heroes we lost during 26/11.

The ‘Shahenshah’ of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, took to Twitter to salute the valour of the brave hero, Tukaram Omble, who lost his life trying to capture Ajmal Kasab alive.

Ken Juster, the US Ambassador to India, also sent out a tweet urging people to stay united in the face of terrorism.

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik made a beautiful sand art to commemorate the occasion.

Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Woman & Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani shared a tweet and captioned it, “Not Forgotten, Never to be Forgiven”.

Cricketer Suresh Raina also saluted the unsung heroes of 26/11.

Several people from the film fraternity started conversations around the terror attack.

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