Revolutionary and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro died on Friday at the age of 90, eight years after surrendering power to brother Raul Castro. CPM leader Sitaram Yechury on Saturday posted a message for the leader on Facebook.
“End of an era. But revolutionaries like Fidel Castro live forever,” he posted on his timeline along with an image of Castro.
Yechury told reporters that Castro will remain a legend, as he recounted his meetings with him. “Fidel Castro will remain a legend and a source of inspiration. The world will miss him,” he said.
“I had fortune of meeting him 3-4 times. After the second time I was afraid of meeting him again, because he would bombard you with questions,” Yechury added.
Fidel Castro was the Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and then served as President from 1976 to 2008. Cuban President Raul Castro announced the death of his brother on state television.
Castro led a rebellion against right-wing forces in Cuba and after one failed attempt, successfully overthrew the Batista government. He was the youngest leader at the age of 32 to be inducted in the government. He faced a time of crippling trade embargoes from the US and survived many assassination attempts.
Head of government and state is president of the Council of State and president of Council of Ministers, positions Fidel Castro held until he resigned in February 2008. Castro’s younger brother Raul elected by National Assembly to replace him on February 24, 2008.
He was responsible for converting Cuba into a one-party socialist state under Communist Party rule.