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Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela passes away; Hindus offer condolences
Hindus have offered heartfelt condolences on the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that they were saddened by the passing of Mandela.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stated that with the death of Mandela, we had lost someone unique and brave, whose vision of humanity embraced all peoples and who set a milestone for the world with his efforts in pluralism, common ground, equality, colour-blindness and coexistence.

Mandela, who symbolized the victory of the human spirit, made huge contributions towards creation of just society and pursuance of social justice, Rajan Zed added.

Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid hero of South Africa died at the age of 95 at his Johannesburg home on Thursday. Mandela died after a prolonged lung infection, plunging his nation and the world into mourning for a man hailed by global leaders as a moral giant. President Zuma announced late on Thursday about the death of the former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Mandela's death, who had been had been frail and ailing for nearly a year, has shook the entire South Africa.

As soon as the news of Mandela's dath came out tributes began flooding in almost immediately for him. He was an iconic global symbol of struggle against injustice and of racial reconciliation. Reportedly US President said the world had lost "one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth".

Leaders of various religions will gather in Nevada (USA) in the next few days in memory of Mandela. According to Zed, this multi-faith service will include prayers and reflections by Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Baha’i, etc., leaders.

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