Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday wished the global icon of peace Nelson Mandela on his 98th birthday. Mamata twitted her greetings to Mandela.
Paying homage to Nelson Mandela on his birthday. Let us remember and always be inspired by his years of struggle
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 18, 2016
The former South African President, who was awarded Bharat Ratna and the Nobel Peace Prize, passed away in 2013 at the age of 95.
Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.