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(01-01-1946 / Srinagar (J & K) India)

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An Ode to 26/11/2008

I salute those
massacred at CST
martyred at TAJ
felled in the line of duty
facing military type attack
composure retained
inspite of barbaric brutality.

I salute
the brave commoner
saving lives, though horrified
the fire-fighter, the bravery personified
local policemen, who dared to fight back
seeking to pay back
the nanny who saved the child
when at Chabad,
terrorists had gone wild.

I salute
a widow watching her dreams shattered
“ India should survive, ” she thought
“that is what most mattered.”

I salute
the day 26/11
withstanding the carnage
when everyone jumped in
to limit the damage.

I salute
the never die spirit of Mumbaites
for resistance shown
making every effort to comfort
known or unknown.

Giving befitting reply to
sinister designs of Pakistan
India has always survived
because my country is known as
Bharat i.e Hindustan.

Submitted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, November 26, 2013


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Poet's Notes about The Poem

The day 26 November 2008 still lingers. On this day Mumbai (financial capital of India) was attacked by Pakistan based and supported terror organisations. Approx 164 were dead and 308 wounded. Resilience shown by Indian para-military forces and citizens was remarkable.

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  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (11/27/2013 4:46:00 AM)

    one of the finest tributes to the most deserving, the citizens and soldiers of the nation.

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  • Valsa George (11/27/2013 12:19:00 AM)

    A timely tribute to the innocents massacred and the valiant who sacrificed their lives to lessen the intensity of the carnage! A black chapter in the lives of the people of Mumbai and the history of India! Yes, our country is a land of tolerance and with resilience, it has bounced back! Great write! !

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