Why is National Anti-Terrorism Day observed on May 21? Know its Importance and Background
Why is National Anti-Terrorism Day observed on May 21? Know its Importance and Background

National Anti-Terrorism Day 2024: National Anti-Terrorism Day in India is marked on May 21 each year to honor the memory of Rajiv Gandhi, the country's sixth Prime Minister, who was assassinated on this date in 1991. Gandhi was killed by a suicide bomber from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sriperumbudur, a village near Chennai. This day was established to not only remember Rajiv Gandhi but also to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of terrorism and violence on society and the nation.

The Background of Anti-Terrorism Day

Rajiv Gandhi became India's Prime Minister on October 31, 1984, following the assassination of his mother, Indira Gandhi. At 40, he was the youngest person to hold this office in India. His leadership, however, faced significant challenges, including his controversial decision to send Indian peacekeeping forces to Sri Lanka in 1987, which led to tensions with the LTTE. This group ultimately orchestrated his assassination during an election campaign in 1991.

Significance of Anti-Terrorism Day

This day serves multiple purposes:

Commemoration: It honors the memory of Rajiv Gandhi and acknowledges his contributions to the nation.

Awareness: It educates people about the serious impacts of terrorism and violence on individuals and society.

Promotion of Peace: The day emphasizes the importance of choosing peace, unity, and harmony over violence.

National Resolve: It underscores India's commitment to fighting terrorism in all its forms and sends a strong message of resilience and determination.

Remembrance: It honors all victims of terrorism and reinforces the hope for a world free from the menace of terrorism.

Observance Activities

On National Anti-Terrorism Day, various organizations and educational institutions across India hold debates, discussions, and seminars to discuss the impact of terrorism. These activities serve as a reminder of the need for collective efforts to eradicate terrorism and promote peace in society.

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