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Anti-Terrorism Day Observed May 21st

Published on May 22, 2019
Every year May 21st is observed as Anti-Terrorism Day in India.


  • The day is observed in the memory of former Indian Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi who passed away on this day.
  • Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated at an election rally near Chennai by a suicide bomber from the LTTE on 21st May 1991.
  • On this day the Government intends to spread awareness among the people about the danger of terrorism and violence and its effect on the people, society and the country as a whole.

Purpose of observing Anti-Terrorism Day:

  • 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 future generations from radical influence.

Goverment's efforts:

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs requested all Varsities and affiliated colleges to observe the day.
  • The objective behind the observance of Anti-Terrorism Day is to wean away the people from terrorism and violence.
  • Its motive is to promote unity, peace and harmony across the nation.
  • On this day Anti- terrorism pledge is taken in all government offices, PSU and in other public organisations.
  • Events like debates, discussions, symposiums, seminars lectures will be held in schools, colleges and in universities on dangers of terrorism.


Q. When is Anti-Terrorism Day observed in India in the memory of former Indian Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi who passed away on this day?
a. May 19th
b. May 20th
c. May 21st
d. May 22nd
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