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PM CONDOLES THE PASSING AWAY OF NELSON MANDELA

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 Ratna.

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.”

PIB, Aizawl

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