Dipayan Datta takes us through the life of a leader who has been an inspiration to all who are oppressed and deprived and to all who are opposed to oppression and deprivation.
The world today has turned into a quagmire of hopes and despise, between the reluctance of those in power to let go of their authority and a rising aspirations for better life and more freedom. The recent events in Egypt, Turkey and the continuing civil war in Syria only re-enforces the difference in perception and aspirations that exists between the privileged and the aspiring. At a time when the international attention is focused on the recent events in Egypt and the continued violence in Syria, a clinic in Pretoria has become the home to one of the 20th century’s greatest champion of peace and reconciliation, Nelson Mandela.
February 11, 1990 bore testimony to one of history’s greatest story of triumph of justice over oppression. It was the day when Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison to lead a new South Africa through a tough face of reconciliation and rebuilding. Reconciliation between majority blacks and the minority white and a rebuilding of an economy ravaged by anti-apartheid sanctions. As the first black President of South Africa, Mandela took a wide range to steps to assuage the fears of the white minority in face of severe criticism by his own party comrades. Most prominent among his reconciliation effort was his support for South African national rugby team, the Springboks, which for many still was a reminiscent of the bygone apartheid era. It has been the result of years of tireless efforts of Nelson Mandela that South Africa has today emerged as one of the most successful and democratically vibrant nation of this century.
As the old order is being challenged not only in the circles of global power but also in the streets and homes of many a countries around the world, the need of the hour is to create an more inclusive polity. The days of Cold War might have long gone, but the treat of religious intolerance and economic disparities have divided the world at large, the world today is solely in need of a Mandela revolution. Never the less humanity has always survived on hope and its with this hope that we all should look to inspire ourselves to achieve what is just and has the interest of the common good at heart.