Anti Terrorism Day 2020: Date, History and Significance

Anti Terrorism Day 2020: The day marks the death anniversary of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He was assassinated on 21 May, 1991. Let us read more about Anti-Terrorism Day, its history and significance.
May 21, 2020 14:35 IST
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Anti Terrorism Day
Anti Terrorism Day

Anti Terrorism Day 2020: The day spread awareness about the violence caused by the terrorists. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, it will be observed with precautions. MHA has advised that 'Anti-Terrorism Pledge" may be taken solemnly by the Officials in their rooms/offices itself, keeping in view the safety of participants and organisers and to avoid public gathering.

On 21 May, every year Anti Terrorism Day is observed to provide knowledge to the youth about terrorism, its impact on human suffering and lives. This day also makes people aware of an anti-social act of terrorism.

Every day we come to know about one terrorist act or another via newspaper or TV. Basically the terrorists want to create fear in the minds of the common people. Without any remorse, they kill thousands of people because they don't have any conscience.

It is necessary to propagate the message of humanity and peace. Indian Government has taken the step by celebrating Anti-Terrorism every year to highlight the importance of fighting with the activities of terrorism.

Why is Anti-Terrorism Day observed on 21 May?

Rajiv Gandhi

The official announcement of National Anti Terrorism Day was made after the assassination of India's seventh Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 21 May, 1991. He was killed in Tamil Nadu in a campaign by the terrorist. Then, under V.P. Singh government the centre has decided to observe 21st May as Anti Terrorism Day. On this day Anti Terrorism pledge is taken in all the government offices, public sector undertakings and other public institutions etc.

The history behind it.

Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi became went to Sriperumbudur a place in Tamil Nadu to attend a rally. A woman came in front of him who was the member of Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE) a terrorist group. She had explosives under her clothes and approached PM and bent down as if she wants to touch his feet. Suddenly bomb explosion took place who killed PM and approx 25 people. This is the inland terrorism that had created fear and our country loss PM.

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What are the objectives behind celebrating Anti-Terrorism Day?

- To spread the message of peace and humanity.

- To increase awareness among people about these terrorist groups and how they plan to strike the terror.

- To promote unity among the people by planting a seed of unity among the people.

- Also, to provide education and training to the youngsters this will prevent them from joining different terrorist groups.

- To generate awareness in the country about the danger of terrorism, violence and its dangerous effect on the people, society and whole country.

How is Anti-Terrorism Day celebrated?

- Mentioned above objectives are achieved by organising debates or discussions in schools, colleges and universities on the dangers of terrorism and violence.

- Mass education programs are held to highlight the ill effects of terrorism and its aftermath.

- Central Government and the State Government organise rallies and parades to ensure people about the effects of terrorism.

- Paying respect to the deceased Prime Minister by special marches and people gather to pay their respect to Rajiv Gandhi. In several schools, colleges, government and private offices, people bow their heads and maintain silence for two minutes.

MHA has also suggested that considering the importance and solemnity of the occasion, innovative ways of propagating the message of anti-terrorism through digital and social media platforms, may be considered.

We can't forget the famous World Trade Centre attack which was a terrorist attack. The 26/11 attack on Mumbai is also no exception in this regard. Therefore, Anti Terrorism Day expresses anger and show solidarity with humanity. Terrorism is an act of causing loss of life and fear of death among people by the dreadful acts of terrorists. No doubt it is an attack on the rights of human beings. Therefore, we should come together and eliminate it by spreading love, care etc.

It is correctly said that "Terrorists have no religion. They only understand the language of devastation".

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