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Another Voice From Cuba

She had visited India for the first time possibly 22 years ago. Aleida (58) recently arrived in the South Asian nation for the second time, after more than two decades! Apart from the Indian Capital of New Delhi, she also made a stop in the Southern Indian Province of Kerala in the last week of July…
Aleida, the daughter of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara de la Serna, discussed her political views with the Indian media during her stay in Delhi. The eldest daughter of four children born to Che and his second wife, Aleida March, said that the Left-wing Politics would soon return, and would benefit the society.

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Che’s daughter Aleida Guevara

Aleida, a doctor of medicine based at the William Soler Children’s Hospital in Havana, recited a verse of legendary Cuban poet José Martí at an event in New Delhi. Later, she stunned the audience, who were present on the occasion, by singing the song – “I Have a White Rose to Tend” – also by poet Martí in her bold voice!
Aleida was in India to attend a ceremony organised jointly by the ‘National Committee of Solidarity with Cuba’ and the ‘All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation’ to mark the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. She met the Press as the event went by. She expressed serious concern over the poor performance by the Leftist Parties in the recently held General Elections in India, saying: “I am not the right person to advice the Indians how to vote. However, Leftist Politics would certainly benefit the Indian society.

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Che in India on July 3, 1959

Che had become a ‘youth icon’ in India after his visit to the country way back in July 1959. “He is dead. But practice of his ideology is more important in this time. He is a man who fought for a better world for all. Perhaps, we need many more men and women like Che today to achieve a better, equal place for all,” stressed Aleida.
The world-famous Argentinian Revolutionary Leader had visited India six decades ago. In his daughter’s words: “He got an idea about the Indian Culture. He talked to the working-class people. Today, I come to India. Che is no more. But, there are so many people, like him, who are fighting for their rights.” Aleida told the press that the Cubans are interested in understanding the Indian culture. “Every Friday, an Indian film is telecast on a Cuban TV channel,” she quipped. The warrior lady wants to work together with India in the coming days in order to ensure a better world….

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The Guevara Family

Aleida was just six-year-old when Che was assassinated. “I have some fond memories of my father. I call it the present absence. I cherish all those memories,” she said. She explained how her mother had struggled to bring them up after assassination of their father in 1967 by the CIA, with the help of Bolivian Army.
Before leaving for Havana, Aleida asked Indians to draw inspiration from Cuba, stating: “We can tell you that we are fighting against the most powerful nation. But, the US government has not been able to defeat us. We must unite to fight to make our society better.

The chant in her bold voice in Espanől, meant:

I Have a White Rose to Tend
I have a white rose to tend
In July as in January;
I give it to the true friend
Who offers his frank hand to me.
And for the cruel one whose blows
Break the heart by which I live,
Thistle nor thorn do I give:
For him, too, I have a white rose.
José Martí

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