A seminar to mark the Day of Solidarity in the fight against terrorism was organised at Russian Centre for Science and Culture, Thiruvananthapuram on 3rd September, 2020. Former Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Kerala, Mr. Pandalam Sudhakaran inaugurated the meeting, which was organised to commemorate the 16th anniversary of Beslan School tragedy.
In his inaugural speech, Mr. Sudhakaran said that terrorism is a multi-faceted reality, which has become the greatest threat to humanity. “The motives, targets and methods of terrorist activities differ so broadly from case-to-case. Unfortunately, terrorism targets innocent civilians in the pursuit of ideological, political and religious aim. Today, we are commemorating the anniversary of the Beslan school tragedy, where 1100 children and parents were taken hostage by Chechen separatists on the first day of the school year on 1st September, 2004. A total of 333 hostages, more than half of them children were killed in the chaos and hundreds were wounded. This unjustified terrorist attack is considered as the worst act of terrorism as most of the victims were innocent children”, - said Mr Pandalam Sudhakaran.
In his keynote address, Mr Jacob George, senior journalist and observer of international relations, said that this episode will haunt the new generation on the Beslan tragedy forever. Mr George further added that “The terrorist attack in Beslan was one of the largest and most appalling in the recent history. Both India and Russia considers combating terrorism as a major area of cooperation.”
Mr Ratheesh C Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Thiruvananthapuram, presided over the function and conveyed that Russia was successfully practising its counter-terrorism policy and has become an exemplary model for the entire world.
Strict Covid 19 protocols were followed while conducting the webinar.