Mumbai: We Will Not Be Divided
To political and religious leaders in India and Pakistan:
We citizens of India, and countries around the world, from all faiths, backgrounds and walks of life, declare with one voice that the terrorist attacks in Mumbai have not divided us, will not divide us, and that we stand together, as one people, against all violent extremists who shamefully target the innocent. We call upon all our political and religious leaders to come together at this moment, and take effective action to prevent the spread of violence.
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These attacks were aimed at our people, our prosperity and our peace. But their top target was something else: our unity. If these attacks cause us to turn on each other in hatred and conflict, the terrorists will have won. They know that hatred and chaos feed on division. They also know they are radical extremists, and their only way to win is to turn the rest of us against one other.
Let's deny them that victory. We're launching a message to extremists on all sides and all our political leaders, when it reaches 10 lakh we will publish it in newspapers across India and Pakistan. The message is that these tactics aren't working, that we're more united than ever, united in our love and support to each other, and determined to work together to stop violent extremism, and we expect all our political and religious leaders to join us, and make this a moment for unity, not division. If lakhs of people sign it, our message will be unmistakable, sign it and please share this with everyone.