For any ambassador, presenting the letters of credence to a head of state is a very intense moment. When I stood before President Nelson Mandela, in Pretoria, the moment was more than intense, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
India on Friday announced five-day state mourning for the late Nelson Mandela, who had an enduring bond with the land of Mahatma Gandhi. Plans are afoot for a high-level delegation, possibly led by President Pranab Mukherjee, to represent India at his funeral.
The government on Friday announced a five-day state mourning as a mark of respect to Nelson Mandela. A decision to this effect was taken at a special meeting of the Union Cabinet, which condoled the death of the anti-apartheid icon.
Nelson Mandela gripped audiences with his wit and then often struck them with his observations. Here is a collection of some of the most memorable quotes from his lifetime.
South Africa might have had an Indian-origin First Lady if Amina Cachalia had agreed to a proposal of marriage from the country's first democratically elected President Nelson Mandela. The global anti-apartheid icon died at the age of 95 early on Friday.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday hailed Nelson Mandela as the conscience of the world as well as a true Gandhian.
Though the world knew him as Nelson Mandela, South Africa's anti-apartheid hero had five other names, including "Tata".
South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday announced a 10-day period of mourning following the death of Nelson Mandela, culminating in a state funeral and burial on December 15.
In 2008 just before his 90th birthday, the United States gave Nelson Mandela a special present, striking him from a decades-old terror watch list and ending what US officials called "a rather embarrassing matter."
The Dalai Lama said on Friday he would miss his "dear friend" Nelson Mandela, who he hailed as "a man of courage, principle and unquestionable integrity" in a letter sent to the South African icon's family.
A statesman, Mandela didn't just have brushes with sports, occasional appearances timed only for political gain. He embraced them wholeheartedly - rugby, football, cricket, boxing, track and field, among others.
Counting himself among the millions influenced by Nelson Mandela, US President Barack Obama on Thursday mourned the death of the anti-apartheid icon with whom he shares the distinction of being his nation's first black president.
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon says Nelson Mandela was "a giant for justice" whose "selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom" inspired many people around the world.
Actors Morgan Freeman and Idris Elba, who both portrayed Nelson Mandela in the movies, were among many figures from the entertainment world who paid tribute to the South African anti-apartheid hero who died on Thursday.