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Mandela hailed as epoch-making leader.

ISLAMABAD, July 18, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela Noun 1. Nelson Mandela - South African statesman who was released from prison to become the nation's first democratically elected president in 1994 (born in 1918)
Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
 turned 91 on Saturday amidst calls here for capturing the spirit of his lifelong anti-colonialist crusade that can transform the world into a haven for peace and harmony if properly followed. The birthday of Mandela, the worldwide icon of steadfast struggle for liberty, struggle against apartheid and selfless service Selfless Service is a commonly used term to denote a service which is performed without any expectation of result or award for the person performing it. It is also sometimes used to denote a service performed with no apparent 'earthly' result, but which may accrue results in a  to humanity, was celebrated throughout the world. South African Acting High Commissioner to Islamabad, Cassem Peer, also arranged a similar cake-cutting ceremony to honour the founder-President of an apartheid-free South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. . Speaking on the occasion, Cassem Peer recalled that Octogenarian oc·to·ge·nar·i·an
adj.
Being between 80 and 90 years of age.

n.
A person between 80 and 90 years of age.
 Mandela spent 67 years of his life in service to humanitywhether by leading them against apartheid regime of white minority, whether by his humble community work or with his efforts to ameliorate the life of slum-dwellers of his country. If everyone of us allocates even 67-minutes-a-month to the service of humanity, it will be a notable contribution in ameliorating the lot of the downtrodden down·trod·den  
adj.
Oppressed; tyrannized.


downtrodden
Adjective

oppressed and lacking the will to resist

Adj. 1.
, Cassem Peer said. He eulogised the epic anti-apartheid struggle of Nelson Mandela who spent 27 years of his life in the prisons of apartheid regime of South Africa but never yielded to oppression and injustice. Peer also admired the role of Winnie Mandela in the historic role played by Nelson Mandela in the freedom of his people. Mazharul Haq, DG Africa of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was the chief guest at the birthday ceremony of Nelson Mandela, paying rich compliments to the man who he said had changed the course of history through the sheer weight and charm of his personality and his zeal. Mr. Khalid Mehmood, who has translated into Urdu Mandelas book Long Walk to Freedom, also spoke on the occasion, hailing the elder statesman as one of the greatest ever political and social leaders in history.

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