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Peaceful procession in LA by California NRIs, against Mumbai Massacre

Los Angeles, Dec. 06, 2008
Dilip Butani/Swaran Dabgotra

Hundreds of Indian Americans joined the protest march against the terrorist bomb blast attacks on Mumbai on Saturday from 2 PM to 3:30 PM.The crowd assembled at about 1:30 PM near the Artesia City Hall and proceeded to Pioneer Blvd. They marched from 187th street to 183rd street and back. The march ended at the City hall where everyone sang the Indian national Anthem before ending the rally. This was the first time that all the Organizations of the Indian Community of Southern California joined the peacE march.

Through peaceful march the community expressed shock at the dastardly acts of terrorism in the financial and tourist hub of Mumbai On November 26, 2008. The act of terrorism was against the civilian population of both Indian and foreign nationalities. Everyone was of the view that terrorism is a scourge on modern civilized society and should be wiped out at its core from the face of the earth and should be rejected outright by all segments of society. The Indian economy, which has prospered as a result of globalization, is now in jeopardy of reversal because of the negative image of India which has emerged as a result of the recent events. Everyone extended condolences to the families of the victims of the said terrorist attacks and pays homage to members of the police force and the NSG commandos who laid down their lives in the service of the country

The community in a way urged the Indian Government to ensure that communal harmony is maintained within India and that the Indian cities and streets should not become battle-fields, as envisaged by the terrorists.

Those who helped in organizing the rally include Ramjibhai Patel, Amrit Bhandari, Dilip Butani, B.U. Patel, Uka Solanki, Ramesh Mahajan, Dr. Amrit Nehru, Harshad Mody, Prof. Keshav Patel, Prakash Pancholi, Mohan Sharma, Arvind Joshi, AbdulGhani Sheikh, Raj Walia, Manu Patel, Ravji Patel, Ramesh Bhatt,Ajay Khetani, harish Dhruv, Kewal Kanda, Ajoy Dube, Ashok Patnaik, Anil Parekh, Vijay Tekikar, Madhur Shrivastav, Bharat Bhakta, Raju Bhakta, Babubhai Gandhi and many others.




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