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26/11 Stories of Strength event: A soulful evening sees harsh criticism of terrorism

To mark 10 years since the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, The Indian Express today hosted the third edition of 26/11 Stories of Strength, an initiative to honour survivors and their families and to recount their stories of resilience.

26/11 anniversary: Fate and freedom

On 26/11, I lost my father. I was 19 years old at the time. My sister Sanjana was only 13 and mother, Kalpana P Shah, a vulnerable, hopeless romantic.


VIDEO | 26/11 Stories of Strength — Speech of K Unnikrishnan, father of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan

The story of 26/11 hero National Security Guard Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan stands out as he showed the world what a true soldier is.

VIDEO | 26/11 Stories of Strength — Full memorial event

The memorial - directed by Feroz Abbas Khan - witnessed performances by Amitabh Bachchan, Javed Akhtar and Kaushiki Chakravarty among others

Vivek Pawar | From a Mumbai school to a little village, this 10-year-old is still coping with change

Allotted petrol pump in Ghargaon instead of Kharghar, slain constable’s wife moved there this year to handle operations after running into losses


Manisha Chitte | Police constable was a doting dad to three daughters, they now want to be more like him

Police Constable Arun Chitte was hit by a bullet fired by Ajmal Kasab and Abu Ismail. Nine years after the attack, his family does their best to move on.

Meera Sahani | In Varanasi, a mother of three finds support in another woman widowed by terror

Meera Sahani never found husband Manohar's body -- another family had claimed it and completed the last rites. The Sahanis cremated an effigy and made their peace

Rynell Varghese | Far from home, a son remembers: Dad taught us to take care of ourselves

His father was a senior waiter in Wasabi, Taj’s Japanese restaurant. Rynell is now in Sydney, pursuing a career as a chef

Jasi Bambhaniya | Nine years later, her husband missing, wife waiting for death certificate

Ramesh Bambhaniya was on board the fishing trawler Kuber that was hijacked by ten armed terrorists to reach the Mumbai coast on November 26, 2008.

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26/11 Stories of Strength: Survivors to share accounts of personal triumph

Nine years after terrorists killed at least 166 people in Mumbai on November 26,2008, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, actor Amitabh Bachchan and poet lyricist Prasoon Joshi will take the stage at a memorial event on Sunday to listen to survivor's accounts of their personal triumph over terror in the years since.

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26/11: Stories of Strength full event video

Watch the third edition of 26/11 Stories of Strength memorial event at the Gateway of India, Mumbai.

26/11: Stories of Strength | Address by Hansraj Ahir, MOS Home

26/11: Stories of Strength | Address by Hansraj Ahir, MOS Home