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#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

#StoriesOFStrength: The Indian Express 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 in the face of grief and loss.

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

On the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, The Indian Express organised the third edition of ’26/11 Stories of Strength’, an initiative to honour survivors and their families, and to recount their stories of resilience in the face of grief and loss. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

Since 2016, The Indian Express 26/11 Stories of Strength project has sought to give voice to the inspiring stories of over 70 survivors, who have been interviewed by The Indian Express’s Mumbai bureau. (Express Photo by Prashant Nadkar)

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

The Indian Navy band enthralled the audience (Express Photo by Pradip Das)

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

Mumbai police band paid tributes to the victims of the Mumbai terror attack at the Gateway of India. (Express Photo by Pradip Das)

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan and students of Nritarutya dance academy performat the event. (Express Photo by Pradip Das)

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

Speaking at the event, Maharshtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said, "We all know 10 years ago an attack was carried out on humanity, an attack where the targets chosen was to defeat the international community as well as India. We are on the path of truth. India has never attacked a country because it follows a path of truth. We have increased surveillance in Mumbai to thwart such dastardly acts in the future," (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Amitabh Bachchan at the 26/11 memorial event in Mumbai. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Our solidarity is too strong to be broken by the coward, said Amitabh Bachchan. (Express Photo by Prashant Nadkar)

Amitabh Bachchan at the 26/11 memorial event in Mumbai. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

"Terrorism is not just about holding the power to kill us... it is designed to destroy the integrity of our oneness. It is a desire to make children become slaves of their worldview of victimhood. It is a kind of collective selfishness which divides humanity into parts and portions for eventual consumption which means the Oneness has no time to work on its main purpose - which is development and growth," said Amitabh Bachchan. (Express Photo by Prashant Nadkar)

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

"I remember we had collected near the Gateway after the attack, we were furious, angry but connected. Mumbai is called the commercial capital, but Mumbaikars have shown they have their heart at the right place," said poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

Father of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who lost his life while battling the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai in 2008, spoke at the event. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

Noted flautist Rakesh Chaurasia performs at the event. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

Rakesh Chaurasia performs at the event. (Express Photo by Pradip Das)

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Executive Direstor of the Indian Express Group Anant Goenka at the event. (Express Photo by Pradip Das)

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

"We would consider our endeavour successful if, upon listening to these stories, you are encouraged to think of what Indianness is, and what you would like Indianness to be. You see, each one of us, at some point, has to make that deeply intimate choice. A personal and yet universal one as to which path should we take between the faith of the extremist, the religion of the moderate, and, yes, even the belief of the non-believer," said Anant Goenka. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

"There is a word, which has its origins in the Bantu languages of Africa – Ubuntu. When translated it means, 'I am because you are'. It is an acknowledgement of the fact that we owe our self-hood to others, that we are bound together in ways we can’t possibly fathom; that there is an inherent unity to mankind... and we succeed, by sharing with others. This is oneness," Amitabh Bachchan said. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

#StoriesOfStrength: Mumbai remembers its heroes, its survivors

Sixteen-year-old Anjali Gupta shares her story. Her father Vinod Gupta, then 31, was dropping his mother off at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus from where she was to board a train to Patna. When the terrorists opened fire, one bullet pierced his heart. His mother Malathidevi suffered bullet injuries to her waist and a leg. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)