Indians in Taiz remember Mumbai attacks’ victims [Archives:2008/1218/Last Page]

December 22 2008

By, Ms.Minal S.

It was shocking to hear about the Mumbai Terrorist attack on the 26th of November this year. Being away from your own country when a foreign attack takes place makes you all the more concerned for your brethren and family members there. Especially with NRI's (Non Resident Indians) away when such an incident occurs in India, it must certainly have touched every Indian's soul at that moment in time. A well renowned, celebrated, and century old five star Indian hotel, 'The Taj', along with the 'Oberoi Hotel', 'The Nariman Towers', and 'The Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Railway Station', were all the targets of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. I need not elaborate on the nature of these attacks, as each individual will surely have read the daily newspapers and gone through the headlines.

India will never forget the great sacrifice made by high ranking officers like Hemant Karkare, Maj. Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Vijay Salaskar, Ashok Kamte, Gajendra Singh and the several other commandos, police officers, law enforcement personnel, and numerous other innocent victims of this gruesome act.

A few Indians in Taiz, on the 10th of this month, offered their own small yet unique contribution by way of organizing a special evening in remembrance of both those killed in the attacks, and of the martyrs who laid down their lives in service of their nation. Indians gathered together for a minute of silence, or 'maun-vrath', during which each person lit a candle in memory of the martyrs, before singing patriotic songs. Thus they showed how, despite being thousands of miles away from India, they remain close to their motherland.