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Anti-apartheid campaigner Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu passes away

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Anti-apartheid campaigner Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu passes away


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Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who helped end apartheid in South Africa, has died aged 90. A contemporary of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, he was one of the driving forces behind the movement to end the policy of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the white minority government against the black majority in South Africa from 1948 until 1991.

The outspoken Tutu was considered the nation’s conscience by both, the black majority and the white minority, an enduring testament to his faith and spirit of reconciliation in a divided nation. He was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984 for his role in the struggle to abolish the apartheid system.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed sadness at the demise of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. In a tweet, Mr Modi said the Archbishop was a guiding light for countless people globally and his emphasis on human dignity and equality will be remembered forever.

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