Staff Reporter

Homage to 26/11 victims

Mumbai: At the terror-stricken sites of Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel, the Buddha was invoked to ring in the message of peace. On Saturday, the occasion of the 253rd birth anniversary of the enlightened one, a cultural programme paid homage to the victims of the November 26 terror attacks.

Songs hailing the Buddha and Babasaheb Ambedkar called for peace and equality. Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athawale, in his signature style, recited an ode to the Taj hotel, extolling its beauty.

Buddha’s teachings

Remembering the tragedy, he said that in the face of the terror attacks, the Indian people left their religious and casteist affiliations aside and came together to take up the challenge posed by terrorism. “Ahimsa [non-violence] is the only answer to himsa [violence],” he said. He stressed on the need to follow the thoughts and teachings of the Buddha and of Dr. Ambedkar.

Road to peace

State Cultural Affairs Minister Harshavardhan Patil said that unless we took the road to peace, progress was not possible.

On a sultry summer evening, crowds of weekenders partook in the celebration, as curious foreigners looked on. The State Home Minister was slated to visit the event.