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Nelson Mandela

 

PUJA AWASTHI | New Delhi, December 13, 2013 10:21
Tags : Nelson Mandela |Rolihlahla Mandela |South Africa | Madikizela-Mandela |
 

Rolihlahla Mandela, christened Nelson at age 9, anti apartheid hero, world statesman, South Africa’s first black President, the foremost symbol of forbearance for our times, passed away at the age of 95. A rare leader, a rarer man, Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years but his spirit could neither be broken nor contained. He had no hesitation in sharing a Nobel Peace Prize with the white President who preceded him, just as he did not think twice before inviting one of the White guards of his prison cell to the inauguration of his Presidency. Some loss of lustre in the five years of his Presidency was brought on by a black majority, among them his former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, which believed he had been too slow to address the country’s most pressing challenges. When his term was over, he refused another, giving way to some criticism that he had withdrawn before his work was done. Yet, in his passing away, heads of state and commoners came together to mourn.

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