The Anti Terrorism Day is observed on 21 May every year in our country to make the people aware of anti-social act of terrorism and its impact on human suffering and lives. In fact we can't deny the fact that the whole world including India is facing terrorism on a wide scale.
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 Anti Terrorism Day is observed on 21 May?
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. From then it is celebrated in the country. Also, on this day Anti Terrorism pledge will be taken in all the government offices, public sector undertakings and other public institutions etc.
History behind it.
After Charan Singh, Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister of India and he is the youngest who got this position. He 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.
What are the objectives behind celebrating Anti Terrorism Day?
- To spread the message of peace and humanity.
- To increase the awareness among people about these terrorist groups and how they plan to strike the terror.
- To promote unity among the people by planting 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 Anti Terrorism Day is 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.
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 the 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".