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21 May – National Anti-Terrorism Day

National Anti-Terrorism Day is observed every year on 21 May to spread awareness about the violence caused by the terrorists and also in the memory of former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi who passed on this day.

The staff and officers of the Governor’s office read out the Anti Terrorism Pledge on the occasion of the 29thdeath anniversary of former Prime Minister of India late Rajiv Gandhi at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Thursday (21st May). The death anniversary of late Rajiv Gandhi is commemorated as Anti Terrorism Day.

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.
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.

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