Nelson Mandela, who emerged from 27 years in apartheid prisons to help guide South Africa to democracy, died on Thursday.
Mandela had been inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s decades-long non-violent resistance to British rule. India’s revered independence leader had also spent some of his early political years in South Africa, where he was involved in the struggle against racial discrimination.
The Indian government, which in 1990 honoured Mandela with its highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, declared five days of official mourning on Friday. Both houses of parliament were adjourned for the day.
Here are some reactions from India on Twitter (lightly edited for clarity):
SHASHI THAROOR, Congress minister
Mourning Mandela and recalling my thoughts on him from a book review 2 years ago.
OMAR ABDULLAH, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister
RIP Madiba. I’m honoured to have met you. Thank you for one of my most prized possessions – your signed book.