Nelson Mandela Day to be observed today on July 18 : United Nations

United Nations has declared the July 18th 2010 as the Nelson Mandela Day. This announcement has been made to honor the father of South Africa on his 92nd birthday. The UN earlier in November 2009 passed a resolution for the purpose.

Mandela led the freedom struggle in South Africa as the head of the African National Congress. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison accusing sabotage and other serious crimes. He became the President of South Africa and won the first complete Democratic election in 1994.

The UN appreciates and acknowledges his leading role in Africa’s liberation, unity and the creation of a non-racial, non sexist and a democratic South Africa.

Mandela recently suffered great shock when he lost his great granddaughter in a car accident on the eve of the World Cup’s opening match in South Africa.

I guess this is the right step taken by UN as we should forget heroes like Mandela who has dedicated his life for the liberation and democracy for the nation.

Everytime, I see Mr Mandela, he reminds me of our national hero Mahatma Gandhi


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