The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled
the passing away of Nelson Mandela. Following is the
text of the Prime Minister’s message:
“I am deeply saddened at the passing away of
President Nelson Mandela.
An unknown poet has said, “Here and there, and now
and then, God makes a giant among men.” President
Mandela was one such giant amongst men. Not only did
he represent the conscience of the world, he also
remained a beacon of hope for those struggling
against oppression and injustice long after he had
led his own people to victory over such ills.
Nelson Mandela endured great personal hardship so
that others could be provided with dignity, equality
and opportunity. He fought discrimination and
inhuman exclusion, but rose above bitter divisions
to heal and reconcile a fractured nation. His life
and work made him a citizen of the world. India, in
particular, had great affection and regard for him.
His mission was a great inspiration and moral
bulwark for our principled struggle against
apartheid. It also mirrored our own hope for a
better world and we were greatly honoured when he
accepted the highest Indian civilian award of Bharat
The passing away of President Mandela is as much a
loss to India and the world as it is to the South
African nation. Today, we join South Africa and the
world in mourning his loss, but we know that his
life and ideals will inspire generations to come.
May God bless his soul.”