“It would be easier for me to stop breathing than to stop being faithful to your trust. Always at your service”
Granma | August 15, 2017
In my possession the promotion to Commander of the July 26 Revolutionary Army; on receiving such a high honor and responsibility, I have sworn to fully comply with this responsibility and work with all my power to accelerate the triumph of the Revolution. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to further serve this most worthy cause, for which I will always be willing to give my life. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be more useful to our suffering homeland. It would be easier for me to stop breathing than to stop being faithful to your trust. Always at your service.
Comandante Camilo Cienfuegos
Note to Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro on hearing the news of his promotion to Commander,
April 23, 1958.Read More »
Granma | August 12, 2017
Juan Manuel Márquez Pediatric Hospital, Marianao. Photo: Liborio Noval
Faith and conviction became one back then… and perhaps that is why these lines are based on a declaration that would seal the path of the nation. The privilege of the few had to become, once and for all, the right of many, of everyone. Fidel would unhesitatingly state as such during his trial at the Palace of Justice in Santiago de Cuba, as the accused became the accuser, providing an avalanche of masterly arguments, photographs of a broken Cuba. He announced – and as such committed his life and thought – the five revolutionary laws that would have been proclaimed immediately after taking the Moncada Garrison, and that he remembered well.Read More »
Granma | 28 March, 2017
Fidel in Celia Sánchez Plaza, in Manzanillo, Granma province. Photo: Juvenal Balán
MANZANILLO, Granma.–The evening of March 28, 2002, waiting in a plaza on the city’s waterfront, didn’t cause Sheila Pons Delgado the chill she felt as that tall man, dressed in olive green, approached her.
The impression left a usually talkative Sheila speechless, as Fidel peppered her with questions: “How do you feel? How do they treat you? tell me about your studies.
All she could manage to answer was: “Good, very good.”Read More »
The Comandante made his first trip to Angola March 23-27, 1977
Granma | 24 March, 2017
Fidel, during his visit to Angola, in the company of Angolan President Agosthino Neto (right) and Celia Sánchez Manduley (background left). Photo: Joaquin Viñas
LUANDA.–Angolans and Cubans emphasized the humanism of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, during a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of his first trip to Angola, March 23-27, 1977.
“I would like to thank him for the support he gave us, which permitted us to be here in this room today,” said General Antonio dos Santos Franza, who traveled to Cuba in 1962 to study agronomy and met Fidel during his talks with students at the University of Havana.Read More »
by Anindya Sen
Frontier | 05 January, 2017
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz passed away at the age of 90 on November 25, 2016 in Santiago de Cuba. The world has lost one of the rare breed of incorrigibly optimistic leader, who pursued a dream of not only changing the world for the better but also has live through it. For last six decades, Cuba and Castro were almost interchangeable words to the world. His death most certainly has created a void in his own country, but perhaps more so in the socialist camp. Even after fall of Berlin wall, he didn’t give up the spirit of socialist internationalism and had always been the spearhead in all the struggles waged against imperialism in any and all corner of the globe in his lifetime.
However, voids are never left voids; it is filled almost by law of nature. But in order to fill them the posterity must be appreciative of the legacy of leaders like Castro. The lessons of his struggles, both political and personal, the creative motif that made him walk on thorny road life-long must be understood in proper perspective. They are perhaps the only silver-linings in the narcissistic, self-centered and self-destructive life around us, bequeathed by capitalism.
For more reasons than one Cuba, Che and Fidel are more in acquaintance among the people in India and particularly the eastern part of the country. Che is remembered and will be remembered for any foreseeable future as a leader of the youth, as an emblem of revolutionary romanticism, an ultimate protagonist of freedom and fearlessness, a hero who embraced all the earthly odds for fighting for justice and human dignity with effortless ease. The imagery built around his personality will continue to inspire many hapless, many frustrated lot back into the optimism of life. We will see many more generations of youth sporting t-shirts and caps with Che emblem.Read More »
Fidel shows the way the world moves, and the path to be trodden. In this January day, the first day of the year, lessons from Fidel are to be reiterated, are to be spread around with renewed vigor. Revolution unrolled its flag of victory over Havana in a similar January day in 1959, and a long, arduous journey began.Read More »
Granma | 28 December, 2016
The song “Cabalgando con Fidel” (Riding with Fidel) was written by Raúl Torres on the occasion of Fidel’s death
Photo: Radio Rebelde
They say that in the plaza these days,
Martí and Camilo have been seen
And leading the caravan,
slowly with no rider,
is a horse for you.
Returning are the wounds that do not heal,
of the men and women
who will not let you leave.Read More »