Today marks the 12th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
On this fateful day, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists came via sea and targeted Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, Nariman House complex, Leopold Cafe, Taj Hotel and Tower, the Oberoi-Trident Hotel and Cama Hospital among other prime locations in south Mumbai.
When the mayhem ended after three days, nearly 190 people were dead and hundreds injured. The attack left a permanent scar on the psyche of the city.
Emotions of shock, anger, grief and horror filled the hearts of not just the city but also the whole country.
However, in the midst of the darkness, the rays of hope were the incredible tales of courage, bravery and a sense of duty among people who faced the bullets to rescue others. People who sacrificed their lives on the line of duty to fight back terror.
Despite the innumerable dossiers shared by India, Pakistan is yet to take any action against the perpetrators of the attack. None of the prime accused have been prosecuted so far.
For most Indians the attack defined terrorism. Never had an attack come so close to home. A city that never sleeps didn’t blink an eyelid as the events unfolded over the three days. Though the nightmare continues to haunt people, yet it’s an example of the resilience of the human spirit.
The terrorists did manage to create panic but they failed to break people’s spirit. The bombs and bullets couldn’t destroy what India stands for. We managed to pick our way through the destruction and carry on.
Terrorists did manage to hurt us but they failed to break us. Hate will never win as come what may love will always heal.