26/11 anniversary: President Kovind vows to make India safer
Today, India is remembering the horror of terrorism that descended upon us on 26 November 2008, commonly known as 26/11. On the ninth anniversary of the attacks, President Ram Nath Kovind paid his respect to the victims through a tweet. He pledged to fight against terrorism and make Indian citizens safer. Additionally, the President marked his gratitude to soldiers who protect our motherland.
What are the 26/11 attacks?
26/11 refers to a series of 12 shooting/bombing attacks which took place across various locations in Mumbai on 26 November 2008. Planned and executed by Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militants struck prime locations within the city, including the Chhatrapati Shiivaji Terminus, the Leopold Cafe and the Taj Palace & Tower. The attacks which lasted for 3 days claimed at least 164 lives and drew global condemnation.
Kovind pays tribute to 26/11 victims and security personnel
The larger picture
Pakistan released Lashkar-e-Taiba chief and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed from house-arrest merely 3 days before the 9th anniversary of the attacks. While this may/may not be coincidental, fact remains that justice remains a distant dream for the 26/11 victims and their families. Moreover, Pakistan continues to use terror to target India. Is it realistic for Kovind to keep his promises in this context?