World mourns death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid icon, died today at his home here following a lengthy illness
Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela, a global symbol of resistance against injustice who brought an end to the much-despised apartheid regime in South Africa and served as the country’s first black president, died today at his home here following a lengthy illness. He was 95.
Leaders, across the world mourned the death of Mandela.
- Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India: “Mandela was a statesman, world leader and an icon of inspiration for humanity. I convey heartfelt condolences on behalf of the people and the Government of India as well as my personal behalf to the family members of Late President Mandela and the people and the Government of South Africa.”
- Hamid Ansari, the Vice President of India: “Mandela was one of the greatest personalities of our times; he represented the best of human spirit and values. In his death, South Africans have lost the father of their nation and the world a statesman, whose life and message of courage and goodness would continue to inspire and guide all of us around the world in the years ahead.”
- Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India: “A giant among men has passed away. This is as much India’s loss as South Africa’s. He was a true Gandhian. His life and work will remain a source of eternal inspiration for generations to come. I join all those who are praying for his soul…”
- Barack Obama, the President of America: “We will not see the likes of Mandela again. I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life. Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived, a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.”
- David Camaron, British Prime Minister: “Brightest light of our world gone out. Tonight, families across Britain will mourn with his family and everyone in South Africa. Your greatest son has moved millions and I believe that his inspiration for the future will be every bit as powerful as the extraordinary things he achieved in his remarkable life.”
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General: “Nelson Mandela was a singular figure on the global stage – a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement, a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration. I am profoundly saddened by his passing…”
- Dalai Lama, Tibetan Spiritual Leader: “He was a man of courage, principle and unquestionable integrity, a great human being, someone of whom we can truly say, ‘He lived a meaningful life’. I pray for him and offer my heartfelt condolences to you, the members of your family and the entire people of South Africa.”
Mandela was awarded most prestigious award of India, Bharat Ratna, in 1990.