Anti-Terrorism Day is observed across India every year on May 21. It is celebrated to mark the death anniversary of one of the eminent Prime Ministers of India, Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi became the youngest prime minister of the country when he was sworn in at the age of 40 as the sixth Prime Minister of India after his mother Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984.
Rajiv Gandhi served as Prime Minister from 1984 to 1989. He was killed in May 1991 in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. Anti-Terrorism Day is celebrated to spread the message of peace and humanity and to promote unity among the people.
Anti-Terrorism Day is celebrates the message of peace and humanity. There is a need to spread the message of humanity and peace. Every year, the Indian government takes steps to highlight the importance of fighting terrorism by celebrating anti-terrorism.
Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi:
The assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi took place on May 21, 1991, in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, as a result of a suicide bombing. At least 25 people were killed besides Rajiv Gandhi. A woman came in front of him who was also a member of Liberation of Tamil Tiger Eelam (LTTE) a terrorist group. She had explosives under her clothes and approached the PM and bent down as if she wanted to touch his feet. At that time India ended its participation in the civil war in Sri Lanka through the Indian Peace Keeping Force. The conspiracy charge has been solved by two commission investigations and brought to at least one national government.
“We, the people of India, having abiding faith in our country’s tradition of non-violence and tolerance, hereby solemnly affirm to oppose 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.”