Indian Ambassador to Madagascar Abhay Kumar in a tweet said- “Deeply saddened to hear about the passing away of the former President Didier Ratsiraka today morning. His immense contribution to strengthening India-Madagascar relations will be fondly remembered. My deepest condolences to his family, the people and Govt. of Madagascar.”
Ratsiraka, a champion of NAM movement and admired Indira Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi. Two different streets in the centre of Antananarivo carry the name of Indira Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi.
Madagascar declared a day of mourning in the honour of passing away of President Ratsiraka. He was buried at the National Mausoleum at a ceremony held in Iavoloha presidential palace in Madagascar yesterday which was attended by the President Andry Rajoelina, Ministers and diplomatic community in Antananarivo. (UNI)