Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Remembering Nelson Mandela Day

Its 18 July. 2018 marks 100 Birth Anniversary of the legendary Peace fighter Nelson Mandela.
What better day than today to read this book.

I am grateful for my choices and the collection of books I own. Conversations with Myself (English version) and Mera Jeevan Baaton Baaton Mein (Hindi version).

Born in 1918 in South Africa, Mandela launched in 1952 a Defiance Campaign against unjust laws.

In 1961, he formed an armed movement called Spear of the Nation. In 1990, Mandela made his first appearance in the United Nations. There he made requests to send UN peace troopers in South Africa.

He was awarded with a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

Because of his efforts, for the first time, South Africa had its 1st Multi-Racial Election in 1994 and his political party African National Congress won. Mandela was the first democratically elected President of South Africa.

At the age of 95 Nelson Mandela passes away in 2013 in Johannesburg.

Some of his popular quotes have been:

"I have reached that part of the long walk when the opportunity is granted, as it should be to all men and women, to retire to some rest and tranquillity in the village of my birth."

"South Africans have shown a tremendous capacity to join hands when facing difficulty. The apartheid system eventually fell because of the unity of those who were denied their rights, and because all sectors of society recognised that they had more to gain from working together than from fighting each other."

"When we say that the best solutions to these challenges can only be found when we work with each other, it requires a commitment of each and every one of us. Today we should all ask ourselves: What have I done to improve the surroundings in which I live? Do I litter or do I protect my surroundings? Do I spread racial hatred or do I promote peace and reconciliation? Do I buy stolen goods or do I help reduce crime? Do I pay my dues or do I cheat on my taxes, service fees and licences? Do I expect everything to be delivered to me or do I work with my local councillors to create a better life for myself and my community?"

"As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest."

 "It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

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1 comment:

  1. today is nelson mandela birthday 100. Remembering Nelson Mandela