Fidel Castro death: India mourns the loss of a great friend, says PM Narendra Modi

"Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend," PM Modi said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: November 26, 2016 12:51 pm
Fidel Castro, Fidel Castro death, Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro, Cuban President Fidel Castro, revolutionary Fidel Castro, Fidel Castro died, world news Fidel Castro stands on a sugar cane plantation in Cuba in 1966. (Roberto Salas/Prensa Latina via AP Images, File)

Former revolutionary and Cuban leader Fidel Castro died on Friday evening, eight years after he resigned as President of the largest Caribbean Island. Condolences poured for the leader from all around the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday tweeted out extending his condolences to the country and expressing support for the people in the dark hour.

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“Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend,” PM Modi said. “I extend my deepest condolences to the Government & people of Cuba on the sad demise of Fidel Castro. May his soul rest in peace.”

Extending solidarity to the people of the country, he said, “We stand in support with the Cuban Government and people in this tragic hour.”

Former President Fidel Castro led a rebel army to an improbable victory in Cuba and embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his half century rule. Castro overcame imprisonment at the hands of dictator Fulgencio Batista, exile in Mexico and a disastrous start to his rebellion before triumphantly riding into Havana in January 1959 to become, at age 32, the youngest leader in Latin America.

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For decades, he served as an inspiration and source of support to revolutionaries from Latin America to Africa. “Socialism or death” remained Castro’s rallying cry even as Western-style democracy swept the globe and other communist regimes in China and Vietnam embraced capitalism, leaving this island of 11 million people an economically crippled Marxist curiosity.

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  1. R
    Nov 26, 2016 at 11:10 am
    How come Fidel Castro becomes friend of India after his death? Funny indiots.
    1. B
      Nov 26, 2016 at 11:08 am
      Luv Fidel Castro though I am a bhakt-elections are around the corner, need to attract Indian Commies. Master stroke by Modiji! Poojas arranged for Castro's peaceful travel to the abode of Lord RAM!
      1. D
        Nov 26, 2016 at 10:31 am
        This #commie destro Cuba. All communists do that. Tinpot socialists like Kejri must be nipped in the bud. The good thong is that corrupt Kejri has been completely exposed after demonetization. Jai Hind...
        1. Y
          Nov 26, 2016 at 11:15 am
          @Dash and @brahminslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Brahmin SCOUNDRELS destro India. All Brahmin SCOUNDRELS should be driven back to Central Asia!
          1. M
            Nov 26, 2016 at 8:17 am
            A misguided revolutionary. A tree is judged by the fruit it produces. By that count, he leaves behind a poor Cuba. Only consolation is everybody is poor there and there is not much gap among people and that way he achieved the aim of communism and socialism (like our West Bengal and Tripura). In fact, we should have a philosophy where we try to make everybody rich.
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