26th November, 2008, nine years ago the most cowardly attack was launched on the decency of the Indian people, its democratic principles and the grace of our civilization. The annual memorial was a homage to the innocent and brave who died defending our values, they are our martyrs. We will never forget them.
Fear, Anger, Courage & Unity : The memorial was divided into four sections for thematic clarity and not as rigid boundaries. It seamlessly merged and encapsulated the emotions as the incident first happened, unfolded and resolved. This year, was the second edition of 26/11: Stories of Strength, The Indian Express & Facebook India to bring us the inspiring stories of 26 young hearts. The evening witnessed some of the most heart-warming experiences and recitals by Amruta Fadnavis, children from the Shankar Mahadevan Academy, Prasoon Joshi, Suresh Wadkar, Mame Khan, Priyanka Barve and Amit Trivedi. Among the speakers at the event, were Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command Vice-Admiral Girish Luthra and Divya Salaskar, daughter of slain encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar. Also, in a rare interaction, Sachin Tendulkar was seen in conversation with former marine commando (MARCOS) Praveen Kumar, who took five bullets and lost an ear during the operation at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr Devendra Fadnavis and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan paid tribute to the families of the brave. This initiative was undertaken to remind ourselves that the unity and courage of our Nation will always defeat the barbaric ideology of hatred and violence. The event was directed by Feroz Abbas Khan and produced by Wizcraft.