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New Delhi: Late South African President Nelson Mandela shared a close link with India through Mahatma Gandhi who he called his political guru. In fact when he was released from prison in 1990, India conferred him with the Bharat Ratna. This even before he got the Nobel Prize in 1993. Mandela remains the only non-Indian till date who has been given the Bharat Ratna. South Africa's beloved son Nelson Mandela will be remembered as much as an Indian leader and an inspirational figure in India. A man who led his people to freedom in much the way Mahatma Gandhi did, wrote in his early diaries from Robin Island about his inspiration for resistance that came from the Indian community that Gandhi had led in South Africa, a country often called the cradle of Satyagraha. "The Indians influenced our struggle here and especially a man like Mahatma Gandhi. So we respect them, honour them," Mandela had said. Through much of that protest movement, India supported Mandela and the ANC. In 1946, the then Prime Minister in waiting Jawaharlal Nehru announced that India would boycott South Africa until it abolished apartheid. It was a promise India kept, backing the ANC's demand at the UN and at all international forums. Mandela too kept in touch with the Indian leadership and in 1990 he was given India's highest civillian honour, the Bharat Ratna. As south Africa's first black President from 1994 to 1999, Mandela drove close relations with India and the two countries forged bonds over groupings like IBSA and BRICS as a result of that closeness described by Mandela himself some years ago when he said, "We can count today amongst our allies the most powerful countries in the world. We can however not forget for one moment those that stood by us when it was neither fashionable nor easy to do so. Amongst those India takes pride of place."

S-Korea ferry: Rescued vice-principal found hanging

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S-Korea ferry: Rescued vice-principal found hanging

Seoul, South Korea: Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree.The news of the death came Friday as rescuers scra...


BJP-TDP alliance in danger over candidate selection for Seemandhra

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BJP-TDP alliance in danger over candidate selection for Seemandhra

Hyderabad- BJP national spokesman Prakash Javadekar on Friday met TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu in Seemandhra to save the alliance between the two parties which is on the verge of collapse.Javadekar,...

Despite diplomatic deal separatists in east Ukraine stay put

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Despite diplomatic deal separatists in east Ukraine stay put

Kiev/Slaviansk: Armed pro-Russian separatists were still holding public buildings in eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying they needed more assurances about their security before they comply with an inter...

Three JNU students killed in accident inside campus

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Three JNU students killed in accident inside campus

Three students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University were killed when their motorcycle hit a divider and then rammed into a tree on the campus, police said today.The deceased, all in their mid-twenties, ...

Avalanche on Mt Everest leaves six climbers dead; 9 go missing

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Avalanche on Mt Everest leaves six climbers dead; 9 go missing

Kathmandu: Six climbers were killed Friday in an avalanche on Mount Everest, while nine other climbers have gone missing.The 15 climbers were heading towards an Everest Base Camp in Solukhumbu region ...

Full Text: South Korean ferry's distress calls before sinking

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Full Text: South Korean ferry's distress calls before sinking

Seoul, South Korea: Following is the transcript released by the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries of the conversation between Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jeju Island and the Sewol, the ...

Muzaffarnagar riots: Bail plea of 3 murder accused rejected

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Muzaffarnagar riots: Bail plea of 3 murder accused rejected

Muzaffarnagar: A local court rejected the bail plea of three persons accused of killing two brothers during the riots last year.District sessions judge Vijay Laxmi yesterday rejected bail plea of Sehd...