4 min read.Updated: 18 Jul 2020, 08:20 AM ISTRamin Jahanbegloo
He accumulated his moral capital as a leader through his empathetic ethics and with a self-conscious respect for the otherness of ‘the other’
It would be inaccurate to search for a Mahatma Gandhi or a Martin Luther King, Jr., in Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918—5 December 2013). Mandela was not a principled non-violent leader with a very strong belief concerning the philosophy of nonviolent resistance. However, he was a representative of a moral political leadership, which did not separate between politics and ethics in the name of a Machiavellian realism or a Leninist vanguardism.