Young and old, couples and widows, Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs, the rich and the poor… thousands of angry Mumbaikars gathered at the Gateway of India to mourn those slaughtered in the terror attacks and to vent their anger at the country’s political establishment. Waving Indian flags of all sizes, holding banners big and small lampooning politicians and screaming “Bharat Mata ki Jai” slogans, men and women walking in the shadow of the Taj hotel – where commandos cut down terrorists to end three days and nights of mayhem – hit out at politicians for failing to provide security to ordinary people. It was one of the biggest gathering in India’s financial hub since terrorists struck at 10 places on the night of Nov 26 and went on to massacre 161 Indians and 22 foreigners and injure more than 300 in the most audacious terror strike in the country. By evening, the police were estimating the sea of people at several thousands – a spontaneous show of citizen power and mass homage to the innocents gunned down in cold blood by terrorists who India says came from Pakistan by boat. There were also a few foreigners – men as well as women. “Love All, Hate None”, “I would prefer a dog to visit our house, than a politician”, “”No Security, No Taxes!” – read one cardboard banner carried by a young man. “The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing,” read another. Most protestors railed at politicians. Others silently placed flowers and bouquets on the ground close to the Gateway of India. And as it began to get dark, hundreds of candles were lit – in memory of the dead. Sana Warsia – NMTV News.
November 28, 2015
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