Family of a martyr of Mumbai terror attack remembers their only
It’s been almost a year
to the Mumbai terror attack in which about at least 173 persons,
including security men, died and 308 others suffered injuries, but
for the families....
A multi-faith event involving the Hindus, Muslims, Christians,
Buddhists and other religious communities will be held here next
Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks
on the city.
gathering is to express solidarity with victims of the terror attack
and will be held under the auspices of the US-based Simon Wiesenthal
Center and India's Art of Living, according to Rabbi Abraham Cooper
of the Wiesenthal centre.
of those who survived the three days of terrorist attacks at least
at five major places in this megapolis between 26/11 and 29/11 will
attend the all-faith memorial meeting. Also attending the function
will be families of some of the 166 victims, local leaders and
"Religious leaders have a special obligation to publicly condemn
terrorist attacks that are inspired and sanctioned by those who call
themselves servants of God. We are gathering at the site of last
year's attacks in solidarity with the people of India as they
remember all the victims of 26/11, including the first-ever attack
on Jews in India," Cooper said, addressing a special prayer meeting
at the Hotel Trident-Oberoi here Tuesday evening.
was the time for people of faith to openly repudiate the culture of
death nurtured in the name of religion while standing beside Indian
friends to promote the sanctity of life, tolerance and freedom, he
are buoyed by the resilience of the world's largest democracy, her
noble history of protecting minority peoples (Jews among them) and
her commitment to our shared values," Rabbi Cooper added.
his message on the occasion, Art of Living Foundation founder Sri
Sri Ravi Shankar said: "26/11 in Mumbai was the ultimate test of
patience and forgiveness. Terrorists were striking every month
before that. By now a strong message has gone out that we do not
react, but we will respond to these acts resolutely."
prayer meeting Tuesday was attended by Swami Gnana Tej of the Art of
Living Foundation, Rabbi Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon
Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance, leading Islamic scholar
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Dr. Ashok Arora, chief of Education
Division, Bharat Soka Gakkai, and Sri Raman Tikka of the Shrimad
present were manager of Hotel Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Karambir
Kang, and Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz, director of the Chabad Mumbai
Besides several survivors of the terror attacks and family members
of some of the victims, prominent personalities who will attend the
Nov 26 comemorative event are former CBI director D.R. Kaarthikeyan,
Israeli Consul-General in Mumbai Orna Sagiv, Ervad Ramiyar Parvez
Karanjia and Fr. Caesar D'Mello.
After the prayer meeting Tuesday, the assembled people went to the
Chabad House in Colaba - and lit candles in memory of the victims of
the terror attacks.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on a visit to Mumbai Monday
also visited the Chabad House - which was devastated in last year's
attacks, offered homage and interacted with the local Jewish