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.
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.