New Zealanders urged to don white to mourn Mumbai dead

December 2nd, 2008 - 4:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Auckland, Dec 2 (IANS) New Zealanders, including members of the Indian community, have been urged to don white clothes Thursday to mourn the dead in the horrific terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Nearly 200 people, including 22 foreigners, were killed in gunfire and grenade attacks that lasted over 60 hours in multiple locations in India’s financial capital Mumbai last week.

In an appeal to New Zealand’s 120,000-strong Indian community and New Zealanders in general, Auckland-based “Global Indian” magazine is requesting people to wear white.

“The attack is not just on Mumbai or India, it is a global problem. This can happen in any major city in the world. Terror has no face or religion,” says Vaib Gangan, managing editor of the magazine.

“The only way to defeat such destructive elements is by showing our grit and unity. We are in it together. We can do this by simply wearing white clothes Thursday.

“Everyone can participate because wearing white is easy to do, whether you are at work or at home. And white symbolises peace.

“This is a tribute to all security officers, hotel staff and other courageous people who lost their lives in saving others.”

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