Eight years after the terror attacks that shook Mumbai’s core, The Indian Express in association with Facebook and Instagram showcased a video exhibition ’26/11: Stories of Strength’ which was about 26 inspiring stories of people who were affected and have stood up, determined to live their dreams. The event was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Kala Ghoda in south Mumbai on Saturday.
On the day of the attack, November 26, 2008 Fadnavis remembers being in the MLA hostel in Mumbai. “Every single Indian was shaken. This attack had deep wounds on the minds and hearts of every Indian,” he said at the event. “Mumbai has shown its resilience. We are a resilient society… How we came out of 26/11, the whole country should be proud of it. These stories that you have displayed here show we are more tolerant and accommodating. We are not living in isolation…26/11 has helped us become a cohesive society,” added Fadnavis.
Talking about the security measures in the city, Fadnavis said that with the availability of better technology, thermal cameras are being used to man coastal security. “Sagar Kavach is happening every three months… It is monitored by the chief secretary. There is coordination with central agencies now. Things have changed. Committing money is not a problem. How we spend is the question… Putting funds is not a big problem… You can hire thousands of people, but the threat perception is changing,” he said at the event.