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Fidel Castro, Cuba's former president, dead at 90

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May his soul rest in peace

Fidel Castro, Cuba's former president, dead at 90


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Raul Castro, who announcedhis brother’s death, said he will be cremated on Saturday.

Cuba’s formerpresident and leader of the Communist revolution Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90, AP reported quotingthe nation’s official television channel on Saturday. Castro ruled the countryfor almost fifty years before handing over the reigns of the one-party state tohis brother Raul in 2008. The leader was suffering from a gastrointestinalillness. Raul Castro, who announced his brother’s death, said he will be cremated on Saturday, AFP reported.

The statechannel is yet to disclose more details about the iconic leader’s death. Theleader drew praise and support from his compatriots. He was praised for giving“Cuba back to the people”. He as often critcised for his autocratic rule. Hisdeath is being celebrated by thousands of Cuban exiles in Miami, TheGuardian reported. In 1959, he overthrew United States-backed FulgencioBatista and defied US leaders through out his rule. Fidel Castro reportedlysurvived several assassination attempts.

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Fidel Castro dead: World leaders pay tribute to former Cuban president

'Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century'


Leaders and politicians fromacross the world have reacted to the death of the firebrand leader who headed arebel army to unlikely victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism anddefied the power of 10 US presidents during his near 50-year rule.

FrenchPresident Francois Hollande said in a statement on Saturday that Mr Castroembodied Cuba's revolution in both its

"hopes" and its later"disappointments".

"Anactor of the Cold War...he represented, for Cubans, pride in rejecting externaldomination. France, which denounced human rights violations, has alwayscontested the embargo imposed on Cuba by the US."

RussianPresident Vladimir Putin hailed Mr Castro as the "symbol of an era".In a telegram to the Cuban President cited by the Kremlin, he said: "Thename of this distinguished statesman is rightly considered the symbol of an erain modern world history... Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend ofRussia."

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/p...-tribute-former-cuban-president-a7440506.html
Fidel Castro was a revolutionary Latin American leader who ruled Cuba for close to 50 years...He was a friend of India...

He defied the US and was considered a despot & die hard Communist by US..Both the countries hated each other..

I still remember the bear hug he gave to our PM Smt Indira Gandhi in 1973 during the Non Aligned Meeting in front of world leaders!!
[h=1]As Kerala mourns Fidel, Baby Castro of Kannur vows to live up to his legacy[/h][h=2]Politicians, students and filmmakers recall the influence of the Cuban leader on the state’s politics and culture.[/h]


[h=3]Kerala remembers Castro[/h]On Sunday, thousands of people met at street corners in Kerala to pay their respects to the Cuban leader who died on Saturday at the age of 90. The mourners observed a two-minute silence, lit candles, recited poems of revolution and recalled the legacy of Fidel Castro’s battle against US imperialism.
The huge turnout, cutting across age barriers, indicated the extent of the Castro’s impact on Kerala’s politics and culture.
[h=3]Inspiration for filmmakers[/h]Cuba and Castro inspired Kerala’s film directors too.

In the 2007 Malayalam movie Arabikkatha, which deals with the Communist movement in Kerala, actor Sreenivasan played the role of Cuba Mukundan, a working-class leader from a village. The movie, directed by Lal Jose, was a hit.

Earlier this year, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) evoked Fidel Castro’s name to pacify a party veteran. When the Left Democratic Front government, led by the Marxist party came to power in Kerala in May, there was a tussle for the chief minister’s post between incumbent Pinarayi Vijayan and VS Achuthanandan.

After days of deliberations, the party picked Vijayan to be chief minister, but the central leadership pacified Achuthanandan by describing him as the Kerala Castro. ”Comrade Achuthanandan has played an important role in party’s success in the election,” said Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). “He is like Fidel Castro. What Fidel Castro is to Cuba, Comrade Achuthanandan is to India.”

Source: http://scroll.in/article/822671/as-...astro-of-kannur-vows-to-live-up-to-his-legacy
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