Recently, the External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj in the Peace summit of Nelson Mandela talked about the values of Nelson Mandela. She said the values of forgiveness, compassion, and inclusivity embraced by late South African President Nelson Mandela are even more appropriate today in the world which is “beset with conflicts, terror and hateful ideologies. Evoking India’s strong bond with “Madiba”, she said that Nelson Mandela was lovingly addressed by people all over the world. She said that now also Indians consider Nelson Mandela to be one of their own.

She further added that we are so proud to call him a Bharat Ratna, Jewel of India, his life is an inspiration for all of us. He was courageous and fearless and showed bravery in the face of discrimination and hardship, Said Sushma.

Besides this, Swaraj also said that the world today is beset with conflicts, terror and hateful ideologies that are transcending borders and impacting our lives. She highlighted that no one should be authorized to support terror or its perpetration. Our communal survival as a global family requires that the wisdom of pioneering leaders such as Mandela should remain as our moral compass.

Nelson Mandela received the Bharat Ratna, India’s biggest civilian award in 1990. He is among only two non-Indians to be conferred with the honor. Abdul Ghaffar Khan was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1987. India treasures its special relationship and longstanding partnership with Africa and its people.

Nelson Mandela and Gandhi Ji’s close bonds are reflected in the philosophy and both of them led their peoples to freedom through mass peaceful struggles. Sushma further added that the two leaders made all efforts to overcome disruptive and narrow identity politics to turn society’s diversity into its strength instead of a weakness.

While giving the speech in the Summit, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke about the growing pressure against human rights across the world and advised everyone to draw encouragement from Mandela’s wisdom, courage, and strength, to face the challenges.