Indian Peace Keeping Force Current Affairs - 2020

May 21: National Anti-Terrorism Day

Every year on May 21, India observes National Anti-Terrorism Day. The day is observed to mark the death anniversary of the former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Highlights

Rajiv Gandhi was the sixth prime minister of India. He served as the prime minister of the country between 1984 and 1989. He was assassinated in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu in May 1991.

National Anti-Terrorism Day is marked to raise awareness about terrorism and its impact on human society. The day also spreads the message of peace and humanity.

Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi took the office of Prime Minister after his mother, the former PM of India, Indira Gandhi was assassinated.

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated while he campaigned for a Lok Sabha candidate at Sriperumbudur. He was killed in a bomb blast. The Supreme Court confirmed that Mr Gandhi was killed by the LTTE organization. India was to send an Indian Peace Keeping Force to Sri Lanka to contain the activities of LTTE.

Missile destroyer INS Ranjit to be decommissioned

The Indian Navy’s frontline missile destroyer INS Ranjit will be decommissioned after 36 years of service. It was commisioned on September 15, 1983, with Captain Vishnu Bhagwat in command. The decommission ceremony will be held at Visakhapatnam’s naval dockyard on 6 May 2019.

About INS Ranjit

  • It was third of five Kashin-class destroyers (a series of anti-aircraft guided missile destroyers) built by former USSR. As of 2019, only one Kashin-class destroyers ship remains in service with Russian Navy, and five with Indian Navy as Rajput-class destroyers.
  • It is first of five Rajput class destroyer to go out of service.
  • It was constructed with serial number ‘Yard 2203’ in 61 Communards shipyard in Nikolev town, in Ukraine.
  • She was launched formally on 16 June 1979 and was given its Russian name “Lovkly” meaning “Agile”.
  • With a motto of ‘Sada Rane Jayate’ or ‘Ever Victorious in Battle’, INS Ranjit has been at forefront in keeping nation secure and deployed in a number of operations including IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force) operations and Operation Talwar (1999) during Kargil conflict.

Note: The Rajput-class destroyers (also known as Kashin-II class or Project 61E) are modified versions of Soviet Kashin class destroyers. It includes INS Rajput, INS Rana, INS Ranjit, INS Ranvir and INS Ranvijay. The Rajput class destroyers were first to be fitted with Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles.