New Delhi: Government employees across the country will take a pledge against terrorism and violence on the occasion of Anti-Terrorism Day to be observed
throughout the country on Thursday.
"It was on this day (May 21) in 1991 that former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi fell to the designs of terrorists. The day is observed to generate awareness in the country among all
sections of people, about the danger of terrorism, violence and its dangerous effect on the people, the society and the country as a whole," an official statement today said.
The pledge will be taken by all employees in government
offices, public sector undertakings and other public
institutions, it said.
The statement said the objective behind the observance of
anti-terrorism day is to wean away the youth from the cult of
terrorism or violence by highlighting the suffering of the
common people and showing how it is prejudicial to national
"These objectives are aimed to be achieved by organising
debates and discussions in schools, colleges and universities,
holding of symposia and seminars and lectures among others on
the dangers of terrorism and violence and a determined and
sustained drive to bring about a mass awakening against
terrorism and violence," it added.