Terrorism a threat to democracy, Dec 13 reminder of menace: VP Naidu on 2001 Parliament attack

New Delhi: On Sunday, 13th December, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said that terrorism is a serious threat to democracy, individual freedoms, and global economic advancement, which are the core values of present-day civilisation, stated the VP Secretariat in a press communication. In a Facebook post on the anniversary of the 2001 terror attack on the Parliament, Vice President Naidu said that December 13th is a stark reminder of the menace of terrorism and its professed antagonism to democratic values and economic aspirations.

Paying tributes to the security personnel who sacrificed their lives to defend the Parliament House, VP Naidu said that their acts of sacrifice will forever be etched in the minds of countrymen. Earlier in the day, the Vice President had paid floral tributes to the martyrs of the attack along with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Lok Sabha Speaker, and other senior ministers.

Praising the courage of the CRPF Constable Kamlesh Kumari who first spotted the terrorists and kept tracking and informing about their movements in the Parliament House complex, VPV Naidu said that her bravery was instrumental in quickly putting down the terrorists’ game plan. “She fell to the barrage of bullets pumped into her and became a martyr, leaving a saga of inspiration and commitment to fight for the country,” the VP said in a tribute the woman constable.

The Vice President wrote that the terror attack on the temple of Indian democracy by a band of terrorists mentored and trained by a neighbor shook the whole world, and a catastrophe was averted by the alert and brave security personnel guarding the Parliament House.

Referring to the attack on the World Trade Centres in New York City the same year, the VP Naidu said that in the first year of this millennium, the most populous democracies of the world, India and the USA, were at the receiving end. Observing that, in the last two decades, several such attacks of different degree were witnessed, the VP cautioned that the only agenda of terror outfits is to disrupt the democratic and economic fabric of the world and force humanity into a dark era.

Calling for an end to such nefarious designs through effective and collective global action, Vice President Naidu said that 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. He warned that 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.

Drawing attention to India’s proposal for adoption of a UN Convention Against Terrorism, the Vice President said that many countries from across different continents support India’s voice in this regard. “However, there are some who are oblivious to the larger threats of terrorism out of narrow geopolitical and economic considerations and they should realise that, in the end, everybody will end up a loser if the menace of terror is not rolled back through a united effort,” VP Naidu wrote in his Facebook post.


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