May the 21st is the Anti Terrorism Day in India.
India has always been a leading voice fighting against terrorism, and it was raising alarm over the problem long before many other countries woke up to it. As a good initiative of the Ministry of Home Affairs, members of Indian universities are taking an anti terrorism pledge. The thoughtful, well phrased pledge goes like this, and I am happy to take it, and I hope you take the pledge too.
"We, the people of India having abiding faith in our country’s tradition of non-violence & tolerance, hereby solemnly affirm to oppose with our strength, all forms of terrorism & violence. We pledge to uphold peace, social harmony and understanding among all fellow beings and fight the forces of disruption threatening human lives and values."
While I am taking this pledge, I would like to invite our Prime Minister to take this pledge too. As we all know, over the last few weeks our Prime Minister and his party has supported a person for election, who is not only accused of terror, but who also admires terrorists like Godse and curses martyrs who died fighting terrorism like Karkare. Doing so was reckless, myopic, dishonourable to our country's values and traditions; and harmful for India's reputation and global moral leadership in the long run. If our Prime Minister takes the pledge, he and his party should also apologize to the nation for supporting candidates sympathetic of violence and terrorism, and take action against such "forces of disruption" that destroy peace and social harmony.