No grieving as they want to celebrate Mandela’s life & work

South African students in Pune said they have 'lost their father' in the demise of Nelson Mandela, crediting anti-apartheid revolutionary for shaping the destiny of many 'blacks' by freeing them from 'white domination'.

"Mandela was a great human being and an iconic leader not only for South Africa, but for the whole world. I feel as though I lost my father today. The world has lost a great leader, who had deep belief in the principle of non-violence. He spearheaded the battle against racial division based on colour of skin across the globe," said Simon Kuany Kiir Kuany, a commerce student from Symbiosis International University.

Recalling Mandela's faith in Gandhian ideology of non-violence and peace, Simon said the South African leader would continue to act as a bonding force between India and his home country. Mandela died late on late Thursday in Johannesburg after a long battle against lung infection.

Fabrice Pokanya, an alumnus of MIT College who is preparing for Graduate Record Examination, said Mandela secured the fate of South Africa by bringing the country on a par with other countries. "Each of us from the young generation are proud of him. He was a messiah for our countrymen suffering from racial discrimination. We did not want to mourn his death, but to celebrate his inspiring life and work," he said. Abbas Pyarali, a second-year student of Sinhgad College of Pharmacy, said Mandela unified people of South Africa to live cohesively. "He was an idol for us youngsters. We worshiped him like God. We will try to get things done for the benefit of the country as he wished," he said.

Jean Eric Matunga, student from the Republic of the Congo, said Mandela would continue to inspire many future generations.

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