National Anti-Terrorism Day is observed every year on May 21st.

Key points:

  • The VP Singh government established National Anti-Terrorism Day.
  • The day was created to raise public awareness about the harmful impacts of terrorism and violence on society.
  • The day honours the memory of Rajiv Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India, who was tragically assassinated by a suicide bomber on May 21, 1991.
  • The suicide bomber was affiliated with the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), a militant organization from Sri Lanka.        


  • The day aims to highlight the severe repercussions that terrorism has on individuals, communities, and nations.
  • The observance stresses the necessity of fostering peace, unity, and security within India and on a global scale.
  • Encourages continuous efforts to protect the nation from terrorist threats.
  • National Anti-Terrorism Day pays tribute to those who have lost their lives due to terrorism.
  • It acknowledges the sacrifices made by individuals in the fight against terrorism.

Public Participation

  • Anti-Terrorism Pledge: On this day, government offices, public sector undertakings, and other public institutions participate in taking an anti-terrorism pledge.
  • Pledge Content: This collective vow reaffirms their commitment to defending the country’s borders, promoting national unity, and supporting victims of terrorism.
  • The pledge also reaffirms commitment to combating terrorism and ensuring the security of the nation.

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