Anti Terrorism Day is observed every year on May 21, the death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. In 1991, on this day he was assassinated by the LTTE terrorists while campaigning for the Congress party at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. Rajiv Gandhi was the youngest prime minister of India when he was sworn in at 40. He took over as the sixth prime minister of the country after Indira Gandhi's assassination in 1984. He served as prime minister from 1984 to 1989.
Significance of Anti Terrorism Day
The Anti Terrorism Day is observed to spread the message of peace and humanity. Unity in diversity is India's greatest strength. Events and campaigns are observed on the day to promote unity among the people irrespective of caste, class and religion. The United Nations observes International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism on 21st August. Anti-Terrorism Day is a great opportunity to remember and honours the sacrifices made by thousands of soldiers and securitymen who fought against terrorism to protect the people of India.
Anti Terrorism Day: The pledge
"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."