Let us also celebrate the freedom of Nelson Mandela from this world.
Satbir Singh Bedi | 07 Dec 2013
Nelson Mandela's unwavering courage, forgiveness and hope touched and inspired people all around the world. He showed that the dream of a just society is possible and he challenged our generation to lead the way towards it.
He spent 27 years of his life in prison for the cause of anti-apartheid which meant liberty, justice, equality and fraternity, that was dear to him. He was the real Mahatma of our times who was a Gandhian and a great friend of India. He was for the down trodden and while in India, he supported the Mandal Commission's report for upliftment of the weaker sections of the society though many did not agree with him yet he stood apart and fought his way against all odds. He was a source of inspiration for the many and people actually celebrated his freedom from this world with song and dance in his country, South Africa.
Jacob Zuma, the South African President has reacted to his departure, "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion, and his humanity earned him their love."
As Mandela said in his extraordinary 2005 speech in London's Trafalgar Square, 'Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.'
And he ended his speech with a call that moves us still.
'Sometimes,' Mandela said, 'it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.'
One way to honour Nelson Mandela's memory is to share those words to prove every day that this generation can be the great one that ends extreme poverty.
Let us also celebrate the freedom of Nelson Mandela from this world with songs and dance.