The Indian High Commission in the UK yesterday organised the first community-wide anti-terrorism pledge. This year’s pledge in London was organised as a wider event to involve Indians based in the UK.
“The scourge of terrorism affects innocent lives not just in one country but across the globe. No country and no people should shelter terrorists, promote terrorists or appease terrorists,” said the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, before he led the community leaders and mission staff in taking the pledge at India Place in London.
The pledge is taken by Indian embassies and missions around the world to coincide with former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary on May 21, marked as Anti-Terrorism Day in India. The pledge highlights India’s determination to fight terrorism as well as enshrining the principles of non-violence and satyagraha that were cornerstones of the freedom struggle.
“We pledge to uphold and promote peace, social harmony and understanding among all fellow human beings and fight the forces of disruption threatening human lives and values,” it reads.