Today is the 100th birth anniversary of one of the greatest leaders and revolutionaries the world has ever seen, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela of South Africa.
Known for his anti-apartheid revolutions, Mandela was the country’s President from 1994-1999, making him the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. He is also famous for spending 27 years of his life in prison split between Robben Island, Pollsmoor Prison, and Victor Verster Prison for his activities against the white government of South Africa.
Respected world over for his contribution to the removal of apartheid from South Africa, Mandela was also known by his Xhosa clan name Madiba and is considered the ‘father of the nation’. He also had a wonderful relationship with India and India conferred its highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna on Mandela in 1990.
One of the greatest cricketers of his generation, Sachin Tendulkar recently remembered his meeting with the great Mandela and tweeted on his 100th birthday, writing “Remembering @NelsonMandela on his 100th birthday. I was extremely fortunate enough to have met him early on in my life. So much to learn, so much to get inspired from. #Madiba100”