National Anti-Terrorism Day
Created by Urvashi Shah Updated on May 21, 2018
As we open our morning newspaper and move ahead to sip on the piping hot tea, we come across various articles regarding terrorism. Our eyes try to scan positive pieces of information, but alas! The newspapers these days are only filled with negative news. Terrorism has just grown tremendously in recent times, despite the several actions taken by the Government. It is now an undeniable fact that not only India, but the entire world is suffering from the adverse consequences of terrorism. Be it the newspaper, TV, radio or the internet, we are flooded with news on terrorism almost every single day. In fact, that’s how our days begin every day.
How can we forget the 26/11 attack in Mumbai, which was an act of terrorism, wherein thousands of innocent people lost their lives. Mumbai came to a standstill, but it was the unity amongst the public, which brought Mumbai back on its feet in no time. The terrorists have no agenda but to create fear in the minds of people who they kill without any remorse. It is hence necessary to propagate the message of humanity and peace. Thus, the Indian Government has stepped in by taking this day to celebrate as National Anti-Terrorism Day. May 21st every year is observed as National Anti-Terrorism Day all over our country.
Why 21st May Is Chosen For This Significant Event?Anti-Terrorism Day 2018 will be observed on 21st May to bring awareness before the people of anti-social act of terrorism and its adverse impact on human life. The occasion of this day was brought in to existence on 21st May 1991, after India’s seventh Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. After Charan Singh, Rajiv Gandhi stepped in to the shoes of a Prime Minister of India and was also the youngest one to seek this honourable position. We went on to attend a rally at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.
There, he was approached by a woman, who was an active member of Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE), a terrorist group. She had explosives attached to her, under her clothing. As she bent down, in front of the Prime Minister, an explosion took place, thus, immediately killing the PM and around 25 people surrounding him. Soon after, under the V.P.Singh Government, the centre decided to observe May 21st as world Anti-Terrorism Day.
Let us look at the objectives of Anti-Terrorism Day
- To spread the message of peace and humanity
- Increasing awareness amongst people about various terrorist groups and how they plan to strike terror
- Promoting unity among people
- Providing education and training to the young generation so that they do not fall prey to such terrorist groups
- To generate awareness in the country about the danger of terrorism, violence and its adverse impact on people, society and the entire country
How Anti-Terrorism Day Is Celebrated In The Country?
- The objectives of this particular day are achieved by organising debates or discussions in schools, colleges and universities on the dangers of terrorism
- Mass education programs are conducted to focus on the ill effects of terrorism and its aftermath
- Central Government and State Government arrange rallies and parades to ensure people about the effects of terrorism
- Special marches are organised to pay respect to the late PM, Rajiv Gandhi, who lost his life to terrorism on this day
This is how National Anti-Terrorism Day is celebrated in India where people are enlightened about the dangers of this heinous act and its effects.
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