Narendra Modi condoles Nelson Mandela`s death

Expressing profound grief over the death of South Africa`s first elected black president Nelson Mandela, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said the world has lost an apostle of peace and non-violence.

ANI| Updated: Dec 06, 2013, 14:59 PM IST

New Delhi: Expressing profound grief over the death of South Africa`s first elected black president Nelson Mandela, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday said the world has lost an apostle of peace and non-violence.

"RIP Nelson Mandela. World has lost apostle of peace and non violence who defined the journey of his nation for good of humankind," Modi tweeted.

"Many of us r not fortunate to see Gandhiji alive. We r blessed to see the life of Nelson Mandela,who embodied his values ideals," he further tweeted.

The Gujarat Chief Minister also offered his condolences to Mandela`s grieving family and the people of South Africa.

"My heartfelt condolences to Nelson Mandela`s family and the people of South Africa. We stand by them in this hour of grief," he tweeted.

Mandela, who guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy and became an international icon of peace and reconciliation, died at his home on Thursday at age 95.

Mandela had spent nearly three months in a Pretoria hospital with a recurring lung infection, and was shifted to his home in September with all intensive care facilities made available to him.

Mandela had spent 27 years as a prisoner in South Africa for opposing apartheid, and then emerged to become his country`s first black president.

He was bestowed with the Nobel Peace Prize and he became an enduring symbol of integrity, principle and resilience.