Terrorism is defined as the use of unlawful acts of violence and which mainly aims to obtain political agenda through the spread of fear and hate.
Moreover, terrorism has affected every nation in the world. Global terrorism is also a growing cause of concern.
India has also been dealing with terrorism since independence. Moreover, state-sponsored terrorism from the western neighbor has also claimed thousands of lives.
India has put in all efforts to counter terrorism and also, aims to eradicate the same from the country.
India is also celebrating National Anti-Terrorism Day on 21 May 2023. The day aims to spread the message of peace across the nation.
As part of the celebration, Nitin Gadkari, the minister for roads and shipping therefore has posted on his Twitter page. The tweet reads,
“On this #NationalAntiTerrorismDay, let us come together to uphold peace, unity, and harmony across the globe. Let’s work hand in hand, as responsible citizens, to strengthen the foundations of our nation’s security and ensure a brighter future for generations to come.”
National Anti-Terrorism Day
1. Terrorism in India
India has suffered from terrorism since independence. The state-sponsored terrorism has been trying to cripple India.
It is aimed at spreading terror amongst Indians and making their government bend its knees for their political demands.
Terrorism sponsored by Pakistan, pro-Khalistan terrorist groups, and radicalized ISIS supporters has been a major issue for India. Additionally, hundreds of brave army soldiers were martyrs for the nation’s safety and security.
2. Genesis of Anti-Terrorism Day
India has witnessed two assassinations of Prime Ministers and both the assassinations were sponsored by terrorists.
Mrs. Indira Gandhi was shot dead by her own security and it was the aftermath of the blue star operations.
Her son, Rajiv Gandhi was killed in a bomb blast executed by LTTE and was a symbol of protest against the deployment of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka and to commemorate the sacrifice of Rajiv Gandhi, National Anti-Terrorism Day is celebrated every year on the 21st of May 2023.
3. Aim of Celebration
National Anti-Terrorism Day is celebrated to create awareness about terrorism in the country. Additionally, it also aims are educating the youth to prevent involvement in acts of terrorism.
It also aims at promoting peace and security throughout the country.
4. Issues in Countering Terrorist
The major issue in eradicating terrorism is the Operating procedures of the terrorist groups. They are not bound by any humanitarian laws and are willing to kill to terrorize people.
Also, they mingle with the common innocent people. Additionally, they reside amongst the local people and terrorize the families be hosts.
These factors make it difficult for the armed forces to differentiate between terrorists and the local population.
Another major issue is the local sympathizers and supporters. Moreover, it is also a well-known factor that a terrorist-affected area may not witness development.
And, it also moreover tends to spread poverty and forces them to support or join terrorism.
Moreover, religion also plays an important role. The radicalized section brainwashes young men to pick up arms against the nation.
Education is the only solution for stopping growing terrorism. Well, diplomacy with our neighbors can reduce terrorism in India.
But also, the nation needs to empower the youth to stop terrorism. Let us join together and fight terrorism to promote peace.