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26/11 Stories of Strength highlights: Tribute offered to heroes of terror attack, ‘don’t let sacrifices go in vain’, says Gadkari

26/11 Stories of Strength Memorial: '26/11 Stories of Strength' is an initiative to honour survivors and families of Mumbai Terror attacks. The event is being hosted at Gateway of India in Mumbai.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai | Updated: December 2, 2019 5:04:23 pm
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26/11 Stories of Strength Memorial: Honouring inspiring stories of courage, forgiveness, and resilience of survivors of the Mumbai terror attacks, the 26/11 Stories of Strength Memorial witnessed a united Mumbai standing up to fear and intimidation. At the fourth edition of the memorial hosted by The Indian Express at the Gateway of India, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari paid tributes to the heroes who saved lives even as theirs were in danger on that fateful day. 

Stars including Rekha Bhardwaj, Shilpa Rao, Dr L Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Divya Kumar, Harshdeep Kaur and Mahesh Kale performed at the event. Veteran actor Amitabh Bachhan received standing ovation from the crowd as he concluded the event with a heart-touching performance featuring a powerful poem recited by him. The event also featured personal accounts of survivors that resonate uncannily with the message of Mahatma Gandhi, whose 150th birth anniversary we celebrated this year.

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Anant Goenka, Executive Director, The Indian Express Group, said: “The voices of these survivors force us to remind ourselves that even in these polarised times, the majority of India is fiercely moderate.”

Amitabh Bachchan, who has been an ambassador for the initiative since 2016, featured in a performance directed by filmmaker Anand Tiwari. Key performers at Tuesday’s memorial also include Zane Dalal, Shiamak Davar Dance Company, Symphony Orchestra of India, The Indian Navy Band and the Maharashtra Police Pipe Band. Actors Vicky Kaushal and Radhika Apte interviewed survivors of the attack.

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The Indian Express hosted a special event to mark the anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks. Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Amitabh Bachchan are among those who are a part of the initiative. Read in Tamil, Bangla, Malayalam

Highlights

    20:37 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    The 26/11 Stories of Strength Memorial concludes with national anthem

    The 26/11 Stories of Strength event concluded with the audience and guests singing the national anthem. This was the fourth edition of the memorial hosted by The Indian Express to mark the anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks 11 years ago. 

    20:21 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    26/11 Stories of Strength: Standing ovation to Amitabh Bachhan

    Amitabh Bachhan's powerful poem on India and its greatness enthralled the audience at the 26/11 Stories of Strength event. The audience promptly stood up to give him a standing ovation. 

    A powerful poem recited by Amitabh Bachhan gets a standing ovation from the crowd (Express Photo)

    20:18 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Hemant Karkare's daughter presents book to Gadkari, Rajnath

    Hemant Karkare's daughter presents her book, 'A Daughter's Memoir' to Union Minster Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh

    20:13 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Amitabh Bachhan performs at 26/11 Stories of Strength

    "Kya sare jahan se achha Hindustan hamara?"

    Amitabh Bachhan enthralls the audience with his powerful performance at the 26/11 Stories of Strength event at Gateway of India. 

    20:05 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Ab Don ko pakadna mushkil nahi, aasan ho gaya: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on national security

    Addressing the audience at the 26/11 Stories of Strength event, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh listed the changes in the national security since the terror attacks 11 years ago. 

    "Ab Don ko pakadna mushkil nahi, aasan ho gaya," he told the crowd.  Hitting out at Pakistan over terrorism, Singh said the neighbouring country has "started seeing all shades of grey and will soon be blacklisted unless it stops terror emanating from its soil."

    Watch his full speech here-

    19:35 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Abhishek Bachhan, Aishwarya Rai Bachhan arrive at 26/11 Stories of Strength

    Abhishek Bachhan and Aishwarya Rai Bachhan arrive at the 26/11 Stories of Strength event at Gateway of India. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari are the chief guests and the event will feature a performance by actor Amitabh Bachchan.

    19:29 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    In Photos | A memorial to mark 11th anniversary of Mumbai attacks

    '26/11 Stories of Strength' is an initiative to honour survivors and families of Mumbai Terror attacks. The event is being hosted at Gateway of India in Mumbai.

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    Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

    19:22 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Rekha Bhardwaj gives a soulful performs for "love and peace"

    "Love is the only religion I follow. Love is God. Beloved is God."

    National award-winning singer Rekha Bhardwaj performs at the 26/11 Stories of Strength event at Gateway of India. She says she prepared her performance keeping in mind "love and peace." 

    19:18 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Watch: Nitin Gadkari remembers 2008 terror attacks, "I salute you, Mumbai!"

    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari addressed the audience at the 26/11 Stories of Strength event.  Watch his full speech here-

    19:13 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Mahesh Kale performs at 26/11 Stories of Strength event

    "Vandey Mataram"

    National Award winner Mahesh Kale performs at the 26/11 Stories of Strength event at the Gateway of India, Mumbai

    19:00 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Power of uniform made us save them, says the nurse who took care of patients amid gunshots on 26/11

    Actor Radhika Apte talks about the importance of uniform and speaks to the 'heroes' who helped pregnant women in labour during the 26/11 attack.  "It was the power of the uniform that made us save and help the people," says the nurse who took care of her patients on the fateful day.

    18:44 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Sacrifice of Hemant Karkare shouldn't go in vain: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari addressed the audience at the 26/11 Stories of Strength event at the Gateway of India. Remembering the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Gadkari said terrorism does not have caste or religion. "I salute the people of Mumbai for their resilience in the face of the terror attacks," he said.

    Emphasising on the importance of using the past as an inspiration for the future, Gadkari said the sacrifice of Hemant Karkare and others should not go in vain

    18:38 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Shilpa Rao performs at 26/11 Stories of Strength event

    "Ye hausla kaise jhuke?"

    Singer Shilpa Rao pays tribute to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack victims and survivors

    18:27 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Anant Goenka speaks at 26/11 Stories of Strength

    Anant Goenka, Executive Director, The Indian Express, speaks at the 26/11 Stories of Strength. Emphasising on the importance of love in the face of hate, Goenka says we "mustn't let the ability to attack prevent love from being our first line of defence. 

    18:21 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Rajnath Singh arrives at the 26/11 Stories of Strength event

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at the 26/11 Stories of Strength event. 

    18:17 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    26/11 Stories of Strength pays homage to Hemant Karkare

    Jui Karkare Navare, daughter of former Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare who was killed while fighting terrorists during 26/11 Mumbai attack in 2008, pays tribute to her father at the 26/11 Stories of Strength. 

    18:13 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Harshdeep Kaur pays tribute to 26/11 victims

    "Luka chhupi bohot hui, saamne aa jaa na."

    Singer Harshdeep Kaur pays tribute to victims of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.  

    18:08 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Anushka Sharma recites a poem honouring jawans

    Actor Anushka Sharma recited a poem as a tribute to the Indian soldiers at the 26/11 Stories of Strength event.

    18:02 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    'Hindustani naam hamara hai' Divya Kumar performs with Navy band on 26/11 Stories of Strength event

    "Hindustaani naam humara hai, sabse pyaara desh humara hai."

    Honouring the jawans of the country, singer Divya Kumar along with the Indian Navy band perform their rendition of 'Bharat humko jaan se pyara hai'. 

    17:53 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Indian Navy band performs at the 26/11 Stories of Strength event

    The Indian Navy band graced the 26/11 Stories of Strength event with a melodious performance

    17:25 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Fourth edition of '26/11 Stories of Strength’ event begins

    The fourth edition of the ’26/11 Stories of Strength’ is being held in Mumbai today. Maharashtra police Pipe band opened the 26/11 event at Gateway of India.  Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari are the chief guests and the event will feature a performance by actor Amitabh Bachchan.

    17:16 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    Where can you watch 26/11 stories of strength

    Presented by the Bajaj Group, the event is powered by Hindustan Unilever, Facebook and Adani Group with Star as broadcast partner. ‘The Indian Express 26/11 Stories of Strength’ will be live streamed from 5.30 pm on Tuesday across all digital platforms of The Indian Express Group as well as ABP News, Republic TV and big92.7fm. The memorial event will also be broadcast exclusively on Star Plus and Hotstar on Saturday, November 30, at 9.30 pm.

    17:16 (IST)26 Nov 2019
    26/11 Stories of Strength: The Indian Express marks 11th anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks

    Since 2016, the 26/11 Stories of Strength project has sought to give voice to the inspiring stories of survivors of the Mumbai terror attacks.

    To showcase inspiring stories of courage, forgiveness and resilience of more than 100 survivors, The Indian Express is hosting a special event ’26/11 Stories of Strength’ at the Gateway of India today. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari are the chief guests and the event will feature a performance by actor Amitabh Bachchan.

    Watch this space for LIVE updates from the event

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    Since 2016, The Indian Express 26/11 Stories of Strength project has sought to give voice to the inspiring stories of survivors of the Mumbai terror attacks. Presented by the Bajaj Group, the event is powered by Hindustan Unilever, Facebook and Adani Group with Star as broadcast partner. ‘The Indian Express 26/11 Stories of Strength’ will be live streamed from 5.30 pm on Tuesday across all digital platforms of The Indian Express Group as well as ABP News, Republic TV and big92.7fm. The memorial event will also be broadcast exclusively on Star Plus and Hotstar on Saturday, November 30, at 9.30 pm.