The Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai reopened its doors to guests on the evening of December 21, 2008, less than a month after the Mumbai terror attacks. Taj employees played host to about 1,600 guests who were present to show their solidarity and sentiment against terrorism.
Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata summed up the significance of the reopening of the 100-year-old iconic hotel saying, "In opening the hotel, we have sent a strong message that we are up and running within a month. We may have been knocked down but will never be knocked out."
The reopening of the Taj on Sunday evening was a demonstration of the spirit and sentiment of its employees, who have refused to let their grief over lost colleagues and family snuff out their will to get the Taj back to its glory. They have worked round the clock to defeat the forces of terror and hate, and to give the city of Mumbai back its symbol of enduring dignity. Applauding the strength of the hotel's employees, Indian Hotels' vice chairman RK Krishna Kumar said, "In those three terrible nights, they defined new standards for the industry. The evil and death inflicted on us have been redeemed by the extraordinary spirit shown by our staff."