Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday described departed South African leader Nelson Mandela as "one of the greatest human beings ever to walk this Earth", whose struggles had been similar to his.
He said Mandela's death was an incalculable loss to mankind and a personal tragedy to him, as the world icon had been his life's inspiration. "The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD, Punjab's ruling party) holds Nelson Mandela in high esteem because of the similarity of our struggles and his against a similar enemy. We saw in his victory a vindication of the values we hold so dear," Badal said in his condolence message here.
"During long years in jail, we often looked up to Nelson Mandela as a source and symbol of strength, fortitude and relentless courage against tyranny, injustice and repression," he said.
He stood up against injustice: Bajwa
Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa said in his condolence message that Nelson Mandela had fought discrimination and injustice against poor people and neglected sections of society. The death of Mandela, he said, was a big loss to humanity. He remembered Mandela's spending a major part of his life in the jail for the civil rights of dejected people.
Unparalleled in history: Capt
Former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh also paid tributes to Nelson Mandela, saying his death was a great loss to the world. "History has hardly anyone parallel to Mandela, who changed the course of human civilisation. It would be difficult to imagine an equal, apartheid-free world without Mandela," he added.