Today Nelson Mandela is acclaimed as one of the greatest personalities of our times. He belongs to that category of men who have graced our civilization with their personal charisma and noble contributions. His life long fight for the cause of freedom in South Africa and its eventual success will be written in golden letters in the annals of history. His entire life epitomizes man’s unquenchable thirst for freedom. During the period of college studies he came into contact with modern principles of freedom, liberty, democracy, equality, political rights, etc.
He was deeply distressed to see the sufferings of his fellow Africans, who were no better than slaves under the British, who had occupied their country since 1652. Their cruel oppression of his people broke his heart and Nelson Mandela infused with the ideals of liberty and democracy took up the cause of national freedom as a student and Joined the African National Congress (NC), a small organization which had been set up on similar lines as the Indian National Congress In India. Within a few years Nelson Mandela became its foremost leader and spokesman.
Nelson Mandela’s greatest achievement was not so much In becoming South Africans first black president as putting an end to the evil of apartheid which divided blacks and whites of South Africa. He ushered in the history of South Africa an era of social harmony, national unity, democratic governance, and building the national fabric from the scars of former regime. His simple principles of political agitation almost on the lines of Mahatma Gandhi, healing the wounds of hate, bringing about national unification, becoming the symbol of the oppressed people all over the world etc. E some of his noble legacies to the world. Today, Nelson Mandela, popularly known as ‘Madly In South Africa, Is a household name all over the world. Though retired from active politics, his Voice’ continues to echo In our world wherever and whenever freedoms of people are threatened and chained. “HIS life has almost mirrored the Journey of an entire people; a remarkable Journey of hardship, struggle and now liberation”, so says an editorial published In a South African Newspaper named ‘Sweeten’ on his birthday In July.