United against terror, India’s National Anti-Terrorism Day on May 21

India observes National Anti-Terrorism Day on May 21 every year to commemorate the death of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

| Updated: 20 May, 2024 4:47 pm IST
Anti-terrorism Day on May 21

NEW DELHI: India observes National Anti-Terrorism Day on May 21 every year to commemorate the death of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He was 40 years old when he became the Prime Minister of India, making him the youngest prime minister of the country. Rajiv, the 6th Prime Minister of India, was assassinated by a female suicide bomber, a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE), on May 21, 1991, in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai. Later, the government of V.P. Singh announced that May 21 would be observed as Anti-Terrorism Day.

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Theme for 2024:
The theme for Anti-Terrorism Day 2024 is “United Against Terror: Building a Secure and Inclusive Future.” The day aims to remember the victims of terrorism and honor their sacrifices while promoting national harmony, peace, and unity among people of all castes, creeds, and genders.

The day is celebrated by organizing debates, discussions, seminars, and lectures in schools, colleges, and universities. An anti-terrorism pledge is taken in all government offices, public sector undertakings, and other public institutions.


Terrorism in india:
India faces threats of domestic terrorism from Maoists in the Red Corridor, Pakistan – sponsored terrorism in Kashmir and now-banned PFI. India has been sucessful in countering the Maoists threat on our CRPF personals in Bastar. Counter-terrorism operations in Kashmir Valley have neutralized the Pakistan-sponsored Jihad as well as the banning of the PFI(formerly SIMI) shows india’s commitment to Anti-terrorism.

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Global Terrorism Index:
India ranks 14th in the Global Terrorism Index 2024, slipping down by one spot from the previous year. The country is among the top ten nations with the largest decreases in deaths from terrorism, showcasing progress in combating this threat. Bangladesh ranks 32nd, while China holds the 73rd position in the index.

According to the Global Terrorism Index 2024, total deaths from terrorism increased by 22% to 8,352 in 2023, marking the highest level since 2017. Despite a 22% decrease in terrorist incidents to 3,350, the average number of people killed per attack rose by 56%, the worst rate in almost ten years. The report highlights that terrorism remains a serious global threat, with the impact becoming more concentrated, as ten countries accounted for 87% of total terrorism-related deaths in 2023.

The Global Terrorism Index is an annual report produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) that provides a comprehensive summary of key global trends and patterns in terrorism.

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