Key points –
- National anti-terrorism day is celebrated on 21st May every year in the Indian continent itself.
- On this day in the year 1991 the youngest prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. Although India commemorates the 30th death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi and India also observed this day as an anti-terrorism day. He was appointed as the sixth prime minister of India from the tenure of 1984 – 1989.
- However, the objective behind the observance of this day is to aware of the youth of terrorism, violence, and prejudice to the national interests.
- The day intends to strengthen India’s resolve against terrorism and intends to unify its fight against terrorist outfits.
- In fact, as per the terror index, “India has the lowest number of terrorism deaths among the ten countries most affected by terrorism, and the lowest lethality rate of attacks. The other nine countries had an average of 2.1 deaths per attack in 2019, while India recorded an average of 0.5 deaths per attack. “
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Anti Terrorism Day: History & Objective
The main objective of celebrating this day is to spread awareness and maintain peace among countries and within countries themselves. On this day Anti Terrorism pledge is taken in all the government offices, public sector undertakings, and other public institutions, etc.
However, Rajiv Gandhi was killed in Tamil Nadu by a terrorist campaign. thus, the center has decided to celebrate this day as the anti-terrorism day itself.
Anti Terrorism Day: Quotes
- Terrorism has no religion, terrorists have no religion and they are friends of no religion – Manmohan Singh
- Any terrorism is an attack on liberation values – P.J. O’Rourke
- How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism? – Howard Zinn
- The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now, do you begin to understand me? – George Orwell
- What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met. – David Levithan
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- Diversity is an aspect of human existence that cannot be eradicated by terrorism or war or self-consuming hatred. It can only be conquered by recognizing and claiming the wealth of values it represents for all. – Aberjhani