President Mukherjee, Vice President Ansari pay tributes to Cuban leader Fidel Castro

Hamid Ansari noted that Castro "had great affection for India" and believed that "a genuine friend of India" has been lost.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 26, 2016 5:53 pm
Fidel Castro, Fidel Castro death, Fidel castro india, Pranab mukherjee, Hamid ansari, Fidel castro bio, news, latest news, India news, national news “I pay my most respectful homage to this great revolutionary leader Fidel Castro; his absence will be greatly missed,” said President Pranab Mukherjee. (source: PTI)

President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari condoled the death of Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Saturday. President Mukherjee said he was “sad to learn of Former Cuban President Fidel Castro’s demise”.

“I pay my most respectful homage to this great revolutionary leader Fidel Castro; his absence will be greatly missed,” he said, according to ANI. “People of India will cherish the memory of this world revolutionary, who inspired people not only of Latin America but all over world-President.”

President Mukherjee also sent out his “heartfelt condolences on sad demise” and called him a “friend of India” in a tweet.

The Vice President also announced that he was saddened “to learn of former Cuban President Fidel Castro’s demise”. Hamid Ansari noted that Castro “had great affection for India” and believed that “a genuine friend of India” has been lost.

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Fidel castro was the commander-in-chief of the Cuban revolution in 1959, when he led an armed revolt against the then Cuban President Fulgencio Batista’s authoritarian government. He was also the head of government and state, president of the Council of State and president of Council of Ministers, until the day he resigned in February 2008.

The late leader was responsible for converting Cuba into a one-party socialist state under Communist Party rule.

With inputs from ANI

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    Nikos Retsos
    Nov 26, 2016 at 4:58 pm
    Castro, along with Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Mao Ts e-tung, as well as the prophets of all religions, are considered "Men of Universal Destiny" in the history of mankind. Before them, slavery was common across the globe, and they were the vanguard of revolutions that changed the world across the 5 continents. Certainly, Fidel Castro was a thorn in the side of the U.S., and the promoter and the inspired of revolutions in the Spanish Latin America. That is why the U.S. staged 636 ination attempts against Fidel Castro, but all failed. Castro was so influential in Latin America - along with Che Guevara, and the U.S. had to install pro-U.S. dictators across Latin America who killed hundreds of thousands of revolutionaries to prevent Communism from taking over the continent. But Fidel Castro survived all U.S. ination attempts, plus the U.S. Bay of Pigs military invasion to overthrow him, He was a global hero of his time, but in today's capitalism era when, and in the era that refugees try to escape poverty across continents, the Fidel Castro luster would just fade into the annals of the romantic Communist era that started with the French Revolution: "Liberte; Egalite." Viva Fidel! Unfortunately, liberty an equality is still in short supply across the globe, and with the snuffing of the revolutions, the global refugee problem is the new struggle for liberty and equality. Nikos Retsos, retired professor