All India Insurance Employees’ Association (AIIEA) deeply mourns the demise of Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and an iconic freedom fighter of
, who passed away on 5 December 2013.
Mandela led a long and arduous struggle for freedom against one of the most
brutal regimes in the world. He was a
symbol of all the people in the world who struggle for freedom, democracy and
human dignity. South
Nelson Rohlihlahla Mandela, born on July 18, 1918, joined the African National Congress at the age of 25. He was instrumental in the establishment of the ANC Youth League. He played a crucial role in the drafting of the 'Freedom Charter', the guiding force of the freedom and anti-apartheid struggle in
. South Africa
Mandela was confined to rigorous, solitary imprisonment for 27 years in the dreaded Palesmoor High Security Prison in
off the coast of .
This could not break his indomitable spirit or make him bow his head
before the authoritarian apartheid regime. The apartheid government and its
imperialist supporters were forced to release Mandela by the popular pressure
exerted by people world over. South
After his release from prison in February 1990, Mandela became the President of ANC and then went on to win the elections of free
and became its first black President. Unlike many leaders who cling to power,
Mandela voluntarily retired after serving one term as the President of South
Africa. He was the Secretary General of the Non-aligned Movement during
1998-99. South Africa
In Mandela's demise, the world has lost one of its finest sons who fought lifelong for the betterment of the peoples' living conditions. In his death, all the people fighting for freedom and against injustice have lost a valuable ally. His death is a great loss to humanity. At the same time his life and work remain a source of inspiration in the onward march of humanity for freedom and liberty.
AIIEA expresses its profound grief at the demise of this legendary leader and extends its heartfelt condolences to the people of
. South Africa
(K. Venu Gopal)
Insurance Employees’ AssociationNavigation India