In Nelson Mandela’s death, the world has lost an irreplaceable icon. For many of us born in the post-Gandhian era, Mandela was a role model and an inspiration, across race and religion; a man who spent nearly three decades in prison fighting racial hatred and who epitomised the word “courage.” I still remember the telecast of Mandela’s release in 1990 on national television, watched by billions. For a world divided in many ways, his life should serve as a source of inspiration. He has left behind a legacy that will remain imprinted on the face of the earth for time immemorial.

Ashish Choudhury,

Chennai

The world was shocked to wake up to the news of Mandela’s death. In the passing of Madiba, the world has lost one of its finest human beings and tallest leaders.

D. Manohara Rao,

Vizianagaram

His relationship with India has always been special and it would be no exaggeration to call him the Mahatma of Africa. He will always inspire us to free ourselves of hatred, anger and prejudice. Rest in peace Madiba.

Rahul Kumar Gupta,

Delhi

The legend who demolished apartheid is no more. Since he fought for human rights, he belongs to the whole world. His words, “I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended” epitomise his life.

J. Bharath,

Thanjavur

The anti-apartheid icon — the handsome and charismatic Mandela — will be remembered forever. He spent a large part of his life in prison cells, walking down the lonely road. He will continue to live in the fond memories of many.

Laurence Culas,

Bangalore

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