Those seeking to keep non-Maharashtrians out of Mumbai would do well to remember their contribution in battling terrorists at the Taj and elsewhere in Mumbai. So says blogger Abraham Tharakan in a recent post. The point cannot be over-stressed; needs to be plugged in by other bloggers, the media, the chat-show hosts, and public-interest ad sponsors.
Maj. Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who truly needs no introduction to Mumbaikars, was Keralite raised in Bangalore; he had served in J & K, was stationed in Delhi; and gave his life for Mumbai.
Havildar Gajendar Singh who lost his life engaging a grenade-lobbing militant at Nariman House hailed from Dehradun.
Havildar Azad Singh, NSG, involved in the shoot-out that killed two terrorists at the Taj, was no Mumbaikar. Nor was commando Rameswaran who took care of the third one gunned down at the Taj.
The sight of a ravaged Taj wouldn’t let Mumbai people forget the terror attack, for months to come. What must be remembered as well is that among those who put their lives on the line for Mumbai were many who didn’t belong to Maharashtra.