Mandela had been a marvel of these times. He started as a votary of violence only to be imprisoned for refusing to give up his belief in violence. During the prison years, unlike any other man/woman who would have turned hostile and bitter, he saw the futility of violence as a doctrine and mellowed down to accept non-violence as his principle.
To have spent 28 years in prison and come out without any sign of malevolence, he went ahead and became the president.
His greatness lies in his not sporting any retribution in spirit and deeds towards the minority Whites. That the millions of native South Africans, not all of them as forgiving as Mandela, had obeyed his diktat and kept their anger to themselves is even a greater achievement of Mandela.
A great man has left us.
And, when you consider the fact that Gandhi's pleadings went waste and Hindus and Muslims killed each other in their tens of thousands, the enormity of the Mandela's accomplishment dawns on you
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