Those gathered at the ceremony observed a moment of silence and lit 12 candles, one each for the number of sites in Mumbai that were attacked by 10 militants belonging to Pakistan-based terror group LeT during the three-day carnage in November 2008 that killed 166 people and injured several more.
Indian Consul General here Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay condemned terrorism in all forms and said the scourge has no religion, caste or nationality.
“The gift of the 21st century is the word called terrorism. It is time that we come together in a stronger and more determined manner to fight terrorism so that we do not hand over this phrase to the future generations,” Mulay said.
He said India has been a victim of terrorism for many years but before the 9/11 attacks the world did not pay “enough attention” to the alarms India had raised at international forums on the growing menace. “We need to learn lessons from what has happened and make every effort so that people are not motivated and promoted to resort to terrorism. We have to fight terrorism together and delete the word from our vocabulary.” Mulay added that countries which support terrorism and encourage terrorism as state policy too are not immune to the attacks and have suffered from some form of terrorism. “It is in the larger interest of humanity that we should not allow these terror attacks to be repeated again,” he added. Israel’s Consul General in New York Ambassador Ido Aharoni said the “well-coordinated and multi-layered attacks” brought India and Israel closer in their fight against terror. (PTI)