New Delhi, Dec 6: Nelson Mandela on Thursday, Dec 5 passed away at the age of 95. The anti-apartheid icon and the first black President of South Africa had spent 27 years behind bar.
President Jacob Zuma, on nationala television, said, "Our people have lost a father. Although we knew this day was going to 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, passion and humanity, earned him their love," Zuma added while informing that Madela will receive a full state funeral.
Many knows the history how Mandela had led Suoth Africa to decmocracy. But many might not know his attachments towards Valentine's Day, his battle against AIDS, his unfulfilled dreams.
Mandela and Valentine's Day
The legend once had expressed his views on Valentine's Day which is celebrated worldwide on Feb 14. In a note in 1995, Mandela addressed a young admirer and said his rural upbringing by illiterate parents left him "colossally ignorant" about simple things like a holiday devoted to romance.
Mandela's battle against AIDS
Mandela, in 2005, publicly had acknowledged that his son Makgatho had died of AIDS. South Africa is one among those countries where this deadly decease killed many.
A new life at the age of 71
Mandela was behind bar for 27 years. On the day of his release from jail, the legend walked hand in hand with his wife. Speaking about that historical day, Mandela, in his autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom," wrote, "As I finally walked through those gates ... I felt - even at the age of seventy-one - that my life was beginning anew."
Mandela and unfulfilled dreams
Corruption is one among the crisis that South Africa is facing till the date. Mandela had wished for a corruption free country. But the government could not get rid of corruption. Hence, it has been reported that the white minority is still far wealthier than the black majority.
And this discriminations in the society is still fuelling violent crimes in the country.
Mandela and his harsher side
Mandela, who is also known as South Africa's Mahatma Gandhi, had shown a different side of his nature at many times. Times of India reported, When black journalists mildly criticized his government, he painted them as stooges of the whites who owned the media. Whites with complaints were sometimes dismissed as pining for their old privileges. To critics of his closeness to Fidel Castro and Moammar Gaddafi, Mandela insisted he wouldn't forsake supporters of the anti-apartheid struggle.