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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."

NSG says no to VVIP security duties in the future

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NSG says no to VVIP security duties in the future

New Delhi: The NSG, which protects the most 'vulnerable' VVIPs of the country, has decided to stop taking any more protectees under its elite 'black cat' commando security cover.The special force has ...


WB: Eight-year-old allegedly gang-raped, body found hanging from tree

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WB: Eight-year-old allegedly gang-raped, body found hanging from tree

An eight-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped and murdered in Nandakumar in East Midnapore district of West Bengal. Her body was later found hanging from a tree.Subsequently, a 60-year-old man suspec...

Miles to go before rural India can be improved: Arun Jaitley

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Miles to go before rural India can be improved: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the country has "miles to go" to improve investment flows into farm sector, rural infrastructure and housing in villages."I don't wan...

Mumbai: Model accuses IAS office Sunil Paraskar of rape, probe ordered

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Mumbai: Model accuses IAS office Sunil Paraskar of rape, probe ordered

A Mumbai model has accused an IAS officer in the city of rape and has filed a complaint against him.NDTV reports that "the officer, Sunil Paraskar, has been accused of assaulting the woman when h...

PM Modi condoles death of students in Telangana mishap

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PM Modi condoles death of students in Telangana mishap

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the students who lost their lives when a train rammed into a school bus at an unmanned railway ...

India's schizophrenic vote on Gaza: Why we made a mistake

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India's schizophrenic vote on Gaza: Why we made a mistake

The Indian government's seemingly schizophrenic attitude to the Israeli pounding of Gaza is a classic case of the head and the heart being seriously misaligned. In its heart, the BJP-led NDA would lik...

Does Vardhan have the political will to take on corrupt hospitals and doctors?

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Does Vardhan have the political will to take on corrupt hospitals and doctors?

New Delhi: It took a sting operation by a TV channel on doctors accepting commissions of up to 50 percent on scans and routine pathological tests from private laboratories and diagnostic centres for H...