Paint the wall red, black and white. We pay tribute to our martyrs of 26/11. This was the message given by the artists, teachers, senior citizens and children at Marine drive who paid an artistic tribute to the victims of the Mumbai terror attack by painting a 1.5 km stretch wall stretch at Marine Drive. A year before, a few men with guns in their hands had held Mumbai at ransom, causing irreparable damage to life, property and the city’s morale. A year later, the entire nation came together to observe the first anniversary of the 26/11 attacks and pay homage to the 166 people who lost their lives. Making a strong statement that they would not be deterred by terror, Mumbaikars went about doing their daily chores as any other day but also paused in their tracks to honour the memory of those who lost their lives in the devastating 60-hour terror strike last year. At the Gateway of India, it was a massive gathering of people to pay tribute to the martyrs of the 26/11 attack. They raised slogans, they displayed banners, they stared at the Taj and Oberoi, they played the drums, they drew, they sang. The scene of 26/11 2009 relived in their minds, the pain and the loss. However, they stood tall and confident that we wont bow down to terrorism. Even dignitaries came to the venue to pay their tribute, which included Home Minister P Chidambaram, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Chaggan Bhujbal and State Home Minister R R Patil. A film was played through which the Chief Minister gave his message on the day. Another spot that relived the 26/11 terror attack, was the CST Railway station. A photo exhibition was put up here, displaying each and every moment of that horror night. An artistic tribute was witnessed at Marine Drive where a 1.5 km stretch of wall was painted to pay tribute to the martyrs. While the task of painting a 1.5 km wall is mammoth, what better way to pay tribute than art. Artists, senior citizens, children, teachers all came together on this day to paint a part of wall with their messages. Also, present was BJP MP Shaina NC that this wall will not just show the names of the martyrs would also denote the emotion of each and every Mumbaikar. The painting of the wall was inaugurated by a senior citizen who had lost his son and daughter-in-law in the Mumbai terror attack. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Dhiraj Mishra for NMTV News.
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