December 13 – A horrible reminder of terror threat to civilisation

M Venkaiah Naidu

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu pays tribute to martyrs of Parliament terror attack of 2001.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu pays tribute to martyrs of Parliament terror attack of 2001.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid tribute to the martyrs of Parliament terror attack. Here is his Facbook post:

Terrorism is a serious threat to democracy, individual freedoms and global economic advancement which are the core values of present-day civilisation.

December 13 is a stark reminder of the menace of terrorism and its professed antagonism to democratic values and economic aspirations. This day, 20 years ago, a band of terrorists mentored and trained by a neighbour launched an attack on the temple of Indian democracy in broad daylight that shook the whole world.

A catastrophe was averted by the alert and brave security personnel guarding our #ParliamentHouse. Eight of them sacrificed their precious lives and a gardener fell to the gun fire of the terrorists. All five terrorists were killed in a quick and spirited response.

It is pertinent to recall that a brave woman constable was in the forefront of the spirited fight against the terrorists. CRPF Constable Kamlesh Kumari first spotted the terrorists and kept tracking their movements in the Parliament House complex and informing the same to the seniors. Her bravery was instrumental in quickly putting down the terrorists’ game plan. She fell to the barrage of the bullets pumped into her and became a martyr, leaving a saga of inspiration and commitment to fight for the country.

I pay my tributes, along with our grateful nation, to all the 8 security personnel and the gardener whose acts of sacrifice will forever be etched in the minds of our countrymen.

The first year of this millennium was in fact a horrible one for the world. The year 2001 closed with ghastly #terrorattacks on the nerve centers of democracy and economy. The most populous democracies of the world, India and the USA, were at the receiving end. The attack on the World Trade Centre in September that year and on Indian Parliament in December revealed the agenda of the terror outfits. During the last two decades, several such attacks of different degree were witnessed by humanity.

The only agenda of terror outfits is to disrupt the democratic and economic fabric of the world and force humanity into a dark era. Such nefarious designs shall be brought to an end through effective and collective global action. The State and Non-state actors who prop up terrorism as an instrument of State Policy for narrow ends should be isolated by the global community and
made to behave.

India has been piloting the proposal for adoption of a UN Convention against Terrorism. While many countries from across different continents support India’s voice in this regard, there are some who are oblivious to the larger threats of #terrorism out of narrow geo-political and economic considerations. They should realize that in the end, everybody will end up a loser if the menace of terror is not rolled back through a united effort.

The message of 2001 should awaken every citizen and every country to the lurking dangers of terrorism for mounting an effective action to roll it back.