Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan at the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, said we need to unite to give a fearless life to the future generation where destructive minds will not be able to harm us.
Amitabh was joined by writer Javed Akhtar as part of the third edition of ’26/11 Stories of Strength’ hosted by Indian Express.
While addressing the audience and media Mr. Bachchan said, “On this same place last year, we pledged that we would never give shelter to terror and today we want our dream to be realized to reawaken to the power of love and oneness. We should be united to give fearless life for our future generation.
He is of the opinion that terror will only feel fear if we stand together and trust in each other.
“Today, people who have a destructive mindset are knocking our doors, but we can’t fight them with similar mentalities. We can tackle it with oneness and it is the need of the hour. They don’t fear with our weapons or with our strength but they will feel fearful when we will stand together against them. They want us to get divided in terms of our religion, language, state and tradition so, we should keep that in mind that till the time we will be divided, they will try to harm us.”
“Being united is not a social option but it’s a way of building a nation. I think being united is proof of being a nation and if a nation isn’t united, then I am sorry to say that it shouldn’t be called as a nation. We have to create an environment for our future generations where destructive minds would not be able to harm us.” he added.
Other dignitaries present at the event were Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and singer Javed Ali among others.
Akhtar who was also present at the event recited his poem “Mumbai ko Salaam” to pay tribute to people who have lost their lives in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack. He said, “”This is what Mumbai is. We are known as a commercial capital of India and I suppose commercial is not supposed to have heart, but whenever such kind of calamity has hit the city — whether it’s a terrorist attack, flood or any other calamity, Mumbai and Mumbaikars have shown that this city has had its heart at the right place.”