It is hard to imagine that a person could be imprisoned for 27 years just for seeking justice and equality for his people. It is scary that this happened in the 20th century, and not during the Dark Ages. Mandela’s accession to presidency was graceful. He did not seek retribution, which was testimony to his eminence.

Karthik Subramanian,

NSW, Australia

“On my last day I want to know that those who remain behind will say: ‘The man who lies here has done his duty for his country and his people’.” This statement by Nelson Mandela sums up his commitment to his country. He was an all-time hero.

Philip Joshua,

Secunderabad

One of Mandela’s great gifts was his insistence on his own dispensability. He stood down after a single term as President of his country. Despite his incarceration of more than 25 years by the racist white regime, he bore no ill-will or resentment towards his oppressors. He was a great unifier with a remarkable lack of bitterness and a rare human being who strived to raise the standard of humanity.

C.G. Kuriakose,

Kothamangalam

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