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Anti Terrorism Day

Anti Terrorism Day

Anti-Terrorism Day is observed throughout the country on 21st May. The Martyrdom of former ex-prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi (20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991) is also known as Anti-Terrorism Day all over the country. The date so chosen is to remember the death anniversary of one of the most eminent leaders of India, Rajiv Gandhi.  


Terrorism, the most dreadful crime by the mankind against the mankind has become the major fear of Indians today. Fighting against this frightful crime has become the moral duty of every citizen of India. This day is also observed to make societies aware of the on-going terrorist activities and the protections to be taken by the common people to prevent these acts of terrorism.

Anti-Terrorism Day 2017 - May 21

Promoting unity, peace and harmony across the nation has been the main motives behind celebrating Anti-Terrorism Day. Every year, different committees around the country organize seminars to create awareness about the danger caused by this cruel act of terrorism. The main aim of observing this Day spreads the message of peace and non-violence. Every year, a two minutes silence is also observed in India to mourn for the loss of many other innocent persons who have been victimized by the terrorism. 


Purpose of observing World Anti-Terrorism Day:

  • Protect the life of helpless youth from following cult practices and being misguided.
  • Wean away the societies from terrorism and violence.
  • Commemorate the sacrifices made by thousands of soldiers who fought against terrorism.
  • Encourage ways and hold awareness programs to protect the future youth generations from radical influence.


Anti-Violence or Anti-Terrorism Pledge is taken in all the public sector and government sector undertakings which are as follows – “We, the people of India, having abiding faith in our country’s tradition of non-violence and tolerance, hereby solemnly affirm to oppose with our strength, all forms of terrorism and violence. We pledge to uphold and promote peace, social harmony, and understand among all fellow human beings and fight the forces of disruption threatening human lives and values.” 

On the occasion, several programmes, debates, discussions, seminars, lectures, debate, etc. are held in schools, colleges, institutions and universities on the dangers of terrorism and attacks. Many social and cultural organizations and NGOs, also organize their own programmes to focus on the ill effects of terrorism and violence. 

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