Soldier of socialism

Print edition : December 23, 2016

Students of Havana University pay tribute to Castro as they march to Revolution Square in the Cuban capital on November 28. Photo: REUTERS

February 6, 1959: Fidel Castro during his triumphant march to Havana after the fall of the Fulgencio Batista regime. Photo: AP

Havana, 1959: With comrade-in-arms Che Guevara. Photo: NYT

April 1963: At Krasnodarskiy Krayat, the country residence of Nikita Khrushchev in the Soviet Union. With Leonid Brezhnev (left), Secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Union, and Krushchev. Photo: AFP

December 14, 1974: With Palestine Liberation Organisation chairman Yasser Arafat, who was visiting Cuba. Photo: AFP

New Delhi, March 7, 1983: At the seventh NAM summit, between Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and K. Natwar Singh, Secretary General of NAM. Castro was the outgoing Chairman. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

May 19, 1998: With Nelson Mandela at a meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: Patrick Aviolat/AP

January 30, 1979 : With Saddam Hussein (centre), then the Vice President of Iraq, and Raul Castro, then Defence Minister of Cuba. Saddam was visiting Cuba. Photo: AFP

Fidel Castro, who defended the values of the revolution that he led in his country and extended his moral and material support to the forces of progress wherever they found themselves up against dictatorship and imperialism, walks into history.
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