CPI Condoles Demise of Anti-Apartheid Fighter Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Communist Party of India General Secretary D RAJA issued the following statement today (December 27, 2021) on behalf of National Council expressing its condolences at the passing away of archbishop Desmond Tutu:
The National Council of the Communist Party of India expresses its deep sorrow at the demise of Archbishop Tutu, a veteran fighter against racism and apartheid as well as a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. He passed away on December 26, 2021 at the age of 90 in a Cape Town nursing home. He was suffering from prostate cancer since late 1990s and was since then hospitalised several times to treat infections associated with the treatment for it.
Tutu officially retired from public life on his 79th birthday but was true to his words: “I wish I could shut up, but I can’t, and I won’t. He travelled tirelessly through the 1980s to become the face of the anti-apartheid movement abroad while many of the leaders, including Nelson Mandela were behind bars. He won the Nobel prize in 1984 in recognition of his non-violent opposition to white minority rule.
Long-time friends, Tutu and Mandela lived for a time on the same street in the South African township of Soweto, making Vilakazi Street the only one in the world to have been home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners. “His most characteristic quality is his readiness to take unpopular positions without fear,” Mandela once said of Tutu. “Such independence of mind is vital to a thriving democracy.”
The Party sends its heart-felt condolences to the people of South Africa and his family members. His imprint on steering South Africa towards a free nation ending racism and apartheid will continue to guide in its efforts to build a strong democratic and progressive nation.