Tribute: The 26/11 heroes who laid their lives for Mumbai

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    Tribute: The 26/11 heroes who laid their lives for Mumbai

    26/11, a date remembered in infamy, forever etched into India’s consciousness. An attack so brazen, that a country was left reeling in shock for days afterwards. But amongst the chaos, there emerged stories of incredible heroism in the face of terror, where it proved that despite the best attempts of those who would seek to destroy it, the spirit and nobility of humanity would always shine through.
    As the first year anniversary of the attacks approaches, MSN, India looks back and remembers some of those whose acts of courage and supreme sacrifice prove an inspiration to all of us:
    Assistant Sub- Inspector Tukaram Omble:
    Ex-Army man Tukaram Omble was a casualty of the Mumbai attacks, giving his life to ensure the survival of his men and the capture of the sole, surviving gunman, Ajmal Kasab.
    Omble was on duty on the night of the attacks and was ordered into position on Marine Drive, following the attack on the popular Leopold Café nearby. Minutes after taking up his position, he and his team engaged the terrorists, who were attempting to make their escape in a hijacked car. Omble reportedly gave chase to them on his motorcycle, armed with only a lahti.
    As the attackers approached a barricade, Omble maneuvered his motorcycle to force the attacker to swerve and hit the dividers. With the terrorists distracted, Omble charged them down and attempted to wrestle Kasab's weapon from him. During the struggle, Kasab managed to fire of several rounds which struck Omble in the abdomen. Collapsing, Omble used his body as a shield to prevent his team being shot. He managed to hold onto the gun and bought enough time for his colleagues to kill the other terrorist in the car and capture Kasab alive, thereby saving their lives and the lives of countless others.

    Assistant Sub-Inspector Tukaram Omble was posthumously awarded the Ashoka Chakra, India's highest peacetime gallantry award for his services to the nation.
    Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar & Ashok Kamte:
    The head of Mumbai's anti terrorism squad, Karkare is regarded as a legend in the Mumbai police force, forging a reputation as being extremely honest and forthright. Formerly a member of India's Research and Analysis Wing, Karkare was the lead investigator in a number of high level cases, including the 2008 Malegaon blasts, which alleged the involvement of Hindu extremist groups. This placed him under severe criticism from various political parties, who claimed that the investigations were flawed.
    On the night of the attacks, Karkare was at his residence when he was informed about the attacks at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. He immediately left for C.S.T with his bodyguards and driver to take charge of the situation there. On several news channels, he was shown donning a bullet proof vest and helmet, in preparation for leading the counter attacks on the terrorists.
    C.S.T was found to be deserted as the terrorists had moved on to the Cama and Albless Hospital, near the Azad Maidan police station. Relocating there, Karkare teamed up with SPI Vijay Salaskar and AC Ashok Kamte.
    SPI Vijay Salaskar was a renowned encounter specialist who was the head of the Anti-Extortion Cell in Mumbai. He was reportedly responsible for the killing of 75-80 criminals. Amongst his most famous cases, was his pursuit of the former Mumbai don, Arun Gawli, currently an MLA.
    AC Ashok Kamte was a highly decorated police service officer who was also an accomplished athlete, who had represented India in the junior power lifting championships in Peru in 1978. Kamte was renowned for being an excellent negotiator in crisis situations and for being a secular officer, equally loved by Hindus and Muslims alike, as evidenced by the huge turn out for his cremation.
    At the Azad Maidan police station, the officers boarded a Toyota Qualis, and in the company of four constables, proceeded to the hospital. Five minutes into their journey, they were ambushed by two gunmen with AK-47's, who poured fire into the men trapped in the Qualis. The three officers were killed instantly, despite their protective apparel, and the constables at the back where helpless as the bullets flew into them. Constable Arun Jadhav, the sole survivor of the attack, was helpless to do anything as the terrorists dragged the dead and dying men out of the car while he lay wounded on the road.
    Following their deaths, all three men were awarded the Ashoka Chakra in recognition of the sacrifices they had made. However, in recent months, controversy has arisen over the deaths of the officers, with media investigations alleging that the protective equipment given to them was substandard and barely usable. A proper investigation has not been launched due to the mysterious disappearance of Karkare's 'bulletproof' vest, which has led to suspicions of improper conduct by the higher powers and suppliers.
    Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan:
    The major was a member of the elite National Security Guards, within the Indian Army. A popular officer, he was known for his bravery and determination in the face of overwhelming odds. During Operation Vijay in Kargil, Major Unnikrishnan led a team of six soldiers in establishing an observation post 200 meters from the enemy, while coming under direct fire.
    During the Mumbai attacks, Major Unnikrishnan was the team commander of 51 Special Action Group commandos, who were deployed at the Taj Mahal Hotel to flush out the terrorists hiding in there.
    Locating the terrorists on the third floor, the Major led a team of 10 men into the hotel, where the found the men holed up in a room with women being held as hostages.
    In the ensuing firefight, one of the commandos was hit and severely wounded, Major Unnikrishnan arranged for him to be evacuated before continuing onwards, regardless of his own safety, chasing the terrorists, who had fled to another floor. In the encounter that followed, he was ambushed and shot in the back, succumbing to his injuries.
    His funeral was held with full military honors in Bangalore, where thousands lined up to pay respects to the soldier who had paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country. However, his funeral unwittingly caused further controversy, with no representative from the Kerala government present. Attempting to save face, Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan called on the Major's family. However, his father refused to meet them and asked them leave, sparking off a war of words between him and the Chief Minister, which invited further criticism and controversy. Major Unnikrishnan was posthumously honored with the Ashoka Chakra.
    Sandra Samuel:
    One of the main targets of the attacks was Nariman House, which housed a synagogue and a 'Chabad house', a Jewish outreach centre and drug prevention clinic. The centre was run by Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rikva, who was five months pregnant. The family was completed by their two year old son, Moshe and his nanny, an Indian, Sandra Samuel.
    On the night of November 26th2008, the attackers seized control of Nariman House, taking advantage of the local security forces being strung out all over the city, dealing with other attacks. Including the Rabbi and his family, there were estimated to be at least eight Israelis living in the house.

    It was reported across various news outlets that the attackers fired indiscriminately into the crowds surrounding the building, who retaliated with the throwing stones and attempting to attack the terrorists. This led to the taking of Indian hostages in the compound, along with the Jewish inhabitants in the building.
    Sandra Samuel was in the building when it was taken, and hearing screams and gunshots, she hid herself in a laundry room. The terrorists, having released the Indian hostages, had turned their attention to the Israelis. It is believed that they tortured the hostages before murdering them in cold blood.

    The next day, Sandra heard Moshe calling out her name and crying. She crept out of the room and ran upstairs to the Rabbi's house. She found the Rabbi and his wife, lying motionless and covered in blood. Young Moshe was sitting beside them, crying, with his pants soaked in blood. With the attackers on the roof of the building at this time, she took her opportunity, grabbing Moshe and fleeing to safety.
    Later, when Indian commandos stormed the building, it was confirmed that Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife had been killed hours before the commandos had taken control, making Moshe an orphan.
    In recognition of her efforts in risking her own life and saving Moshe, the Israeli government is considering granting Sandra the title of 'Righteous amongst the Nations", the highest Israeli reward that can be presented to non-Jews. She is currently in Israel, caring for Moshe, as she is the only one he responds to. Despite her heroism, she is said to be still stricken with guilt that she could not do more to save Moshe's parents.
    Rajan Kamble, Nitin Minocha and Karambir Kang:
    The three are all members of the staff of the Taj Mahal Hotel and are credited with saving the lives of hundreds of guests.
    Karambir Kang is the General Manager of the hotel, who personally supervised the evacuation of hundreds of guests and staff, to ensure that as many lives were saved as possible. What makes this feat even more remarkable is that Karambir did all this, while battling the grief of losing his own wife and two young children in a fire on the sixth floor of the hotel, at the start of the attacks.
    Nitin Minocha is a sóus chef at the Golden Dragon restaurant at the Taj. He is believed to have saved over 200 people from death, by leading them to The Chambers and to safety. During the evacuation of the guests, he helped organize the staff and ensure that guests were protected as they were removed from the building. During this, he was shot twice in the arm, with one bullet shattering the bone, and six other employees lost their lives in the terrorists' attacks.
    One of the slain was Rajan Kamble, a member of the hotels maintenance staff, who selflessly gave his life to save a Mangeshkar couple. During the evacuation, as the terrorists attacked, the gunfire lead to panic amongst the guests, and Kamble ushered his group back into The Chambers, shielding them with his body. He was shot in the back, with the bullets perforating his intestines, leaving him to bleed to death. The Mangeshkar couple, doctors themselves, did everything they could to save him, trying to staunch the blood flow and push the intestines back into place with makeshift bandages and bed sheets, but he succumbed to his injuries.
    These are just a small number of the people who risked their lives over those three days so that others could live. There are dozens of stories of unspeakable bravery and courage that have yet to be told or even uncovered. But as time goes by, more and more stories are being uncovered, ensuring that India never forgets the events of one of the darkest days in its history. The sacrifices made by these ordinary people are poignant reminders of the truth in the words of an unnamed survivor, "love is stronger than terrorism..."...it truly is.


    Tribute: The 26/11 heroes who laid their lives for Mumbai -  National News ? News ? MSN India
     
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    How life has changed for a 26/11 hero's family

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    If it was not for Assistant Sub Inspector Tukram Omble of the Mumbai police, Ajmal Kasab would not have been captured alive. Omble was felled by the terrorist's bullets and recieved the nation's highest peace-time gallantry award, the Ashok Chakra. Prasanna D Zore reports on how life had changed for the Omble family a year after the tragedy.
    When alive, Tukaram Omble was the only man in a family of six that comprised his wife and four daughters, two of whom were married according to his wishes.
    Today, there are three men in his family: His wife Tarabai and two daughters, Vaishali and Bharti. This is the biggest transformation the Omble family has seen almost a year after Assistant Sub Inspector Tukaram Omble was felled by Mohammed Amir Ajmal Kasab's bullets in the early hours of November 27, 2008.
    In a daring act, Omble had pounced upon Kasab without thinking too much about the consequences. His daredevilry made it possible for the police to overpower Kasab, who was the only terrorist to be captured and is facing trial in a special court in Mumbai.
    "We have to think very carefully before taking any decision now; he is not around to hand-hold us anymore but we have to take decisions like he would have done had he been with us today," says Vaishali wistfully, sitting next to her father's picture.
    The oil lamp next to his photograph has been burning ever since Omble died. "My mother replenishes the oil each time the flame starts dropping," says Vaishali of her mother.
    Vaishali is the one who interacts with the media as her mother is too shy to speak and her youngest sister Bharti is still to recover from the shock of her father's untimely death.
    While Vaishali completed her BEd from the SNDT College in Churchgate, south Mumbai, this year, Bharti works with the Mumbai Police in the clerical department, a job she was offered after her father's death. Vaishali Is not looking out for any job, occupied as she is with tutoring students.
    "I teach Marathi and English medium students from Class VII to Class X," she says. It not only helps supplement the family income but also helps keep her mind away from thinking about her father's death.
    "Bharti sometimes feels our father is still alive," says Vaishali. "She strongly believes that God will send our father back on earth as he has done good deeds and deserves to be a part of the family."
    'We will then lock him up in one room and never let him go away,' Bharti tells her mother and Vaishali.
    Her father's death has brought one more change to their lives -- the loss has shorn Vaishali's faith in God and the family has stopped celebrating festivals. 'If YOU exist, then how could YOU let a good man like my father die?' she often fights with God.
    "We have stopped celebrating festivals ever since he died. We don't feel like buying new clothes. When he was with us he would buy a new dress for us almost every month. We miss his presence so much," she adds.

    Image: A photograph of Assistant Sub Inspector Tukaram Omble along with several awards received for his bravery at his home in Worli, north-central Mumbai.
    Photographs: Rediff Archives

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    While Omble's death is a fact of life for the three women, they have been overwhelmed by the public support after his death. "People have been pouring in since last year. Even during Diwali, they -- some known and some unknown faces -- came to meet us and brought gifts for us. They want us to feel at home; they don't want us to feel the absence of our father; but then that is not possible. However, we are really deeply touched by the affection showered on us," says Vaishali.
    recent media reports have been really disconcerting for the Ombles. One of Omble's fellow officers, who was with him on that fateful night, Vaishali says, has claimed through the media that he was the one who disarmed Ajmal Kasab.
    "Nobody should take the credit away from my father's selfless act of bravery; instead some people are trying to tarnish his image," says Vaishali, the anger palpable in her voice. She refuses to name the officer, saying it is beyond her father's dignity to name the person in public.
    "He has always taught us to give credit to those who deserve it. He would surely not have liked me talking about this person to the media. But I will surely give him an earful personally."
    She further expresses her anger: "Anybody can go in front of a disarmed man or a terrorist whose gun is empty. It becomes like a toy gun then. It's not bravery," she says.
    This incident seems to have made the Omble family bitter because their father is no longer alive to defend himself.
    "We all are going to die one day. We all know that. How will such people face God when they come face to face with the Almighty after their death?" asks Vaishali.

    Image: Omble's wife, Tarabai, left, with daughters Vandana and Vaishali.

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    Kasab should be hanged from a lamp post: Major Unnikrishnan's father

    Kasab should be hanged from a lamp post: Major Unnikrishnan's father - India - The Times of India

    BANGALORE: 26/11/08, 11.30 pm. He last spoke to his father, asking him to watch the “interesting episode outside hotel Taj shown live on TV.” A day later, he was seen there, lying dead, on the same screen. What was thought to be a minor one-hour operation for the NSG turned into India’s worst encounter with terrorism.

    To say that a year that passed by has not been easy for Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’ parents in Bangalore. They are still shaken by what happened to their only child and uncertain of what lies ahead. Their plan for this November 27 (Sandeep’s first death anniversary) is very clear: ‘‘It will be a day at the new Palm lounge in Mumbai constructed on the very spot where he lay dead. We will reserve that particular table and chair. We are not away from him. We want to be with him that day,” his father K Unnikrishnan told TOI. Excerpts from the interview:

    Your reaction to the entire 26/11 episode:

    There’s no point in it. Kasab is an offender. They are still keeping him alive. One can say Kasab was a machine used by them but he has a brain. They had all gone for their purpose. He and his colleagues killed 53 innocent people including pregnant ladies and small children. He was standing, shooting and laughing. Who is he? And we are asking Pakistan to do something. He should be hanged on a lamp post. Hang him high! It’s not revenge but that should be a lesson to other terrorists. Such people must be butchered. It’s not that they killed Sandeep or Karkare. Blow the train or building but why kill innocent people?

    Getting over the loss and tussle with Kerala CM:

    When I first heard it on TV, all of a sudden, I thought it was end of the world. Next moment I realised, nothing has changed, except Sandeep. Later on, I remember everything, including Achudanandan’s visit. People said I acted that way because I was emotional. But no — it was on purpose. I never had any problems with him. Just that I didn’t want anyone to take undue credit.

    How was it going to Mumbai, visiting the exact spot?

    Surely it was not easy. Yet another sad chapter was meeting the survivors in his team. Eight out of the 11 have joined back. But, other three people, one captain lost his eye. Luckily he got married. But he may lose his other eye also over a period of 5 years. Another person, who was in Trident hotel, suffered head injury. He still has a particle in his head.

    Sandeep inspired many with his brave act. How does it feel?

    I am proud of what he did, but didn’t want to lose him. Everyone wants a Bhagat Singh or a Bose but in neighbour’s house. I too feel so now. We don’t want money. I am actually giving it back in parts. Sandeep’s sixth pay commission arrears is more than enough. Only that is our right.
     
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    In memoriam: Karkare's brother to recall friend and guide in book

    Mihir Tanksale, TNN 24 November 2009, 04:37am IST
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    PUNE: Many have written about slain anti-terrorism squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare and his life as the top cop who pursued his duty with
    single-minded dedication. However, a book by his younger brother that is slated for release in January is expected to throw light on hitherto unknown facets about Hemant Karkare the man, an associate, a friend and a professional.

    The author, Shirish Karkare, is a Pune-based insurance officer. The book will be published in Marathi and English.

    The English version will contain narrations by different individuals including foreign diplomats, politicians and his associates in Vienna and Austria where Karkare was on deputation for six years. The book will also throw light on Karkare's interest in literature and how his colleagues and subordinates saw him as a human being.

    "On 26/11, I talked to him at 7.30 pm. He told me that he would come to my office to pick me up. That was the last time I heard his voice. After a few hours, the news came. I could not believe it then and I get disturbed even today when I think about it," Shirish Karkare told TOI on Monday.

    Shirish said that it is very hard to believe that his brother, friend, philosopher and guide is not with him today. "Hemant was just 18 months older than me. We were like close friends and used to share every thing with each other," he recalled.

    Shirish was transferred to Mumbai three years ago. "As ATS chief Hemant too was in Mumbai. He used to call me even in the middle of the night and discussed various issues with me. While going for a morning walk he used to visit my house at Bandra many a times around 5 am, just to have a talk with me," he said.

    He said that after Hemant's death the family received many condolence letters from all over the county and abroad. "We had planned a book on these letters. But we came to know that one publisher had announced the book on Hemant and invited people who knew him to send in their memories. As the family has decided to publish a book on Hemant, we contacted the publisher who happily handed over all the material he had received from several people."

    Kavita Karkare, Hemant's wife, and his daughter Jui Navre and Shirish's wife Amruta are also contributing for the book.

    "We have tried to incorporate maximum facets of Karkare's life and personality. We visited places where he had been posted to collect information and every one, right from his orderly to his officers and even his cook, talked a lot about him. We have incorporated their memories in the book," said Amruta.

    Amruta said that Hemant Karkare was a versatile person. He had friends in political, literary and social circles. "These friends too have shared their memories in the book," she said.

    She said that when Karkare was posted at Hot Spring' in Jammu and Kashmir, he had written an article for a Marathi daily based on his experiences there. "We are reproducing that article in the book. We have one chapter on Karkare's tenure in Chandrapur district. His efforts there succeeded in curbing the Naxalite movement to some extent. He always used to say that his two-and-a-half years long tenure in Chandrapur was a milestone in his career," Amruta said.

    The book will also have some photographs covering his childhood, marriage, him leading the passing out parade and also photographs taken when he was with the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

    Amruta said that the letters written by Karkare to his family members, his officers and other friends will also be included in the book along with contributions from Karkare's sister Purva Sathe.

    "The aim behind publishing the book is to inspire youngsters in the country," she concluded.


    Family to set up trust

    The Karkare family is also planning to form a trust in the name of late Hemant Karkare. "Hemant Karkare had planned to start the trust in the name of his parents. He wanted to help aspiring students, sportspersons and artists through the trust. We have decided to add Hemant's name in the trust and it will start functioning soon," his sister-in-law Amruta said.

    Amruta said that the family was also looking for the drafts of short stories that Hemant Karkare had written based on the investigations during his service. "We would like to publish them in a book," she added.

    In memoriam: Karkare's brother to recall friend and guide in book - Pune - City - The Times of India
     
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    One year has passed since 26/11. Mumbai had numerous terrorist attacks before 26/11. May be in 26/11 the elites are targeted for the first time, that is why so much hype around 26/11.

    I want to take this opportunity to pay my homage to the martyrs of 26/11 who made the supreme sacrifice while performing their duty. May GOD bless their soul. I also like to pay my condolences to the families of those innocents who were killed at CST, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and Trident Hotel and nariman house.

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    NSG Sandeep continues to insipire after martyrdom

    Bangalore: Unlike other confused teenagers, Raghu Shastry, a 14-year-old student of Class 9 in one of Bangalore's reputed schools, knows exactly what he wants to do in life.

    Like his hero, National Security Guard (NSG) commando Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan who sacrificed his life while fighting terrorists at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel in Mumbai on Nov 28, 2008, Raghu too wants to dedicate his life to his country by joining the army.

    `Sandeep Unnikrishnan's valour and sacrifice has inspired me a lot. I have decided to join the army and work for my country,` Raghu said, with firm conviction.

    `Sandeep Unnikrishnan is my hero and I want to follow in his footsteps," smiled the youngster.

    Although 25-year-old business processing outsourcing (BPO) employee Prakash Roy, another fan of the 26/11 martyr, has no dream of joining the army, he would like to work for the nation by starting a voluntary organisation.

    Terror-hit hotels limp back to normal life

    "I have been inspired by Sandeep Unnikrishnan's life and his sacrifice for the nation. He never thought twice about his life as he fought the terrorists at the Taj hotel. I too want to contribute to nation building by working for education of underprivileged children and will start my own NGO soon," Prakash said.

    Sandeep, the 31-year-old Ashoka Chakra award winner, was the only son of retired official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K. Unnikrishnan and Dhanalakshmi. Sandeep was brought up in Bangalore. He spent 14 years at the Frank Anthony Public School here before joining the National Defence Academy at Pune in 1995.

    His neighbours at ISRO layout in Yelahanka here, where his parents stay, are proud to have a martyr in their neighbourhood but are saddened to lose a young, charming and handsome man like Sandeep.

    26/11: Questions the government must answer

    "I have always seen him smiling and happy. He was a quiet guy. We are all proud of Sandeep but feel sad for the parents who lost their only child so early," said Uma, a neighbour.

    In order to continue with the good deeds of Sandeep, his parents have started a trust in their son's memory.

    "My son believed in the greater good of the nation; so we've started the charity organisation to continue with his good work even after his death," said Sandeep's father.

    "Our organisation is funding the education and livelihoods of persons with disabilities and children grappling with cancer," K. Unnikrishnan said.

    26/11: We take the terror tour

    Bangaloreans are proud to have a braveheart like Sandeep, and don't want his sacrifice to be forgotten.

    "The greatest tribute to Sandeep and all those who died in 26/11 is to work for the progress and prosperity of the nation," said Charles Noronha, vice principal of St. Joseph's Boys' High School.

    "We tell children in our school about Sandeep's valour and sacrifice to inspire them," added Noronha.

    As many as 166 people were killed when 10 terrorists of the Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) went on a killing spree at many places in Mumbai for three days from Nov 26 last year.

    The National Security Guard (NSG) finally decimated the Mumbai attackers but lost Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and commando Gajendra Singh Bisht in the process.

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    My condolences to the fallen and their berieved family members and friends.
    May you all forever rest in heaven.
     
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    My condolences to the friends and family of all those killed in the attacks; to my friend Bimol who was a housekeeper at the Trident "you were taken before your time but you remain alive in our hearts".Bimol was shot dead at the India Jones restaurant in the Trident hotel lobby as he tried to escort guests to safety.
     
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    “In battle, in the forest, at the precipice in the mountains, On the dark great sea, in the midst of javelins and arrows, In sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame, The good deeds a man has done before defend him”

    ...Bhagvad Gita

    My sincere condolence to all innocent victims of the Mumbai terror attacks on 26-11-2008.My humble to homage to the heroes of the Mumbai police,staff of Taj and Oberoi and the National Security Guards who sacrificed their lives so others could live.

    Heroes do not die,they live forever through their sacrifice.
     
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    My Sincere condolences to the fallen and their berieved family members and friendsof the Mumbai terror attacks on 26-11-2008.
     
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    Sorry fellows i have to hold back my tributes, if i dont then my tributes keep piling up yr after yr. I will wait till the day.......

    But must stand to daughter of Tukaram Omble who refused a grant from govt, and redirected it to Rukhsana who fought Taliban.
     
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    Hopefully,the 'GOVERMENT' would be more serious in tackling the enemy's of INDIA,I SALUTE the security forces of INDIA, who sacrificed their LIVE's just for the sake of our security,JAI HIND.
     
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    I guess this article is slightly off-topic, but its worth remembering how India is treating the only surviving terrorist pig Kasab.

    The cost of keeping Kasab alive: Rs 31 Crore and counting.

    Why should India go through such expensive trial? Who are we trying to convince/please? Why cant Kasab be hanged immediately? Kasab is not an Indian and an illegal enterant into our country for the purpose of terroristic activity, he was caught red-handed in the incident. Under the constitution, he has no rights whatsoever. Then Why, just WHY, is Kasab still alivel?

    Meanwhile, Mr.Kasab's list of demand grows more exotic by the day....

    Smiling Kasab demands Pakistani Lawyer

    Kasab demand Urdu version of Chargesheet

    Kasabs demands: Perfume, toothpaste, stroll outside cell

    Kasab demands basmati rice in prison.

    Isnt this insult to injury, as far as victims are concerned?
     
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    S.A.T.A Senior Member Senior Member

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    Its a question of stamping our civilizational superiority,of course it might not come to much.but doing Kasab in unceremoniously would have been the easy way out,but not the right one.In Gita 'Krishna' says killing in the path of your duty is not sin,but killing out of anger or hatred is.

    Kasab must be hanged,not because we hate him, but because it is our duty to hang him.This trial allows us carryout our duty the proper way.A superior civilization always does things properly.Romans sent all their enemies to the netherworld,but nevertheless gave them a trial as fair as possible.
     
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    Salute to our Heroes! We continue to be inspired by their example.
     
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    Mate,
    you were almost convincing but isnt justice delayed, justice denied? Kasab should be hanged not only as a punishment for deeds but also as a detterent for those terrorists who are training in the LeT camps right now. Kasab's punishment should be harsh enough to deter them, lest its useless and waste of our time, money and effort.

    Rama Killed Ravana. Ravana was twice offered terms: return sita, you will live. But, after that, no one, just no one connected with Ravana was sparred. It was justice, it was deterrent. Instead, India seems like a weak and soft state when faced with terrorism. India is neither able to deter nor punish people who are fighting, planning and funding a proxy-war against India. This is sad.
     
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    Kasab and organization he belongs may pretend to have political agendas,but we shouldn't forget its religious context.Kasab and his ilk think they are waging a Islamic Jihad(its irrelevant if they understand the true purpose of the term),so hanging him or bumping him off in the middle of Arthur road wont make any difference to him or his organization.

    But it certainly will make a difference to them when they realize that we have,by providing him with a trial, a defense and protection during the period of his trial,also reaffirmed our path of 'Dharma' and that we did not kill our enemy out of anger or prejudice,but merely following the best tenets of our Dharma.

    This battle that we are waging overlaps many political and religious dimensions,and it has to be fought within those all those contexts.
     

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