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Anti-Terrorism Day will be observed today. Every year it is observed throughout the country on 21st May. The day is marked by a pledge taking ceremony among other activities.

The objective behind the observance of Anti-Terrorism Day is to wean away the people from terrorism and violence. On the occasion, debates, discussions, symposia, seminars, lectures, etc. are held in schools, colleges and universities on the dangers of terrorism and violence.

The Day is observed to generate awareness in the country among all sections of people, about the danger of terrorism and violence and its effect on the people, society and the country as a whole.

Many NGOs, social and cultural organizations also organize their own programmes to highlight the ill effects of violence and terrorism. Anti-terrorism/anti-violence pledge is taken in all Government offices, public sector undertakings and other public institutions.

errorist activities have increased multi-fold over the last decade. A global initiative uniting all nations is required to combat terrorism. After the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S, terrorism has become the primary cause of concern for nations.

History

The concept of World Anti-Terrorism Day was initiated because thousands of youth are lured into the folds of terrorist camps and organizations each year. May 21 is observed as Anti-terrorism day every year.

Purpose

The Purpose of observing World Anti-Terrorism Day is to:

Spread the message of global peace and non-violence. Deter vulnerable youth from following cult practices and being misguided. Commemorate and honor the sacrifices made by thousands of soldiers who battled against terrorism. Pay homage to the victims who lost their lives in terrorist attacks. Device ways and hold awareness programs to protect the future generations from radical influence.

Important Features:

Features on World Anti-Terrorism Day are as follows: 

Observing a few minutes of silence to express grief over the damage caused by terrorism world-wide.
Pledging to oppose violence and promote peace. Organizing programs and campaigns to further the cause of combating terrorism.

The events and programs conducted on World Anti-Terrorism Day are initiated by:

  • The Union Home Ministry
  • State Governments
  • Union Territory Administrations.

The Pledge taken:

“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.”