The mighty revolutionary: Remembering Che Guevara on his 90th birth anniversary 

Published: 14th June 2018 09:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2018 01:44 PM  

Ernesto Rafael Guevara de la Serna, commonly known as 'Che', was born on this day in the year 1928. Today marks the 90th birth anniversary of the revolutionary and the 'theoretician and tactician' of the Guerrilla warfare. The communist icon was an integral part of the Cuban Revolution. (Youtube screen grab)
Che was studying medicine when in 1950, he embarked on a 4,500-kilometer (2,800 mi) solo trip through the rural provinces of northern Argentina on a motorcycle. Later in 1951 he went on another nine-month long, 8,000-kilometer (5,000 mi) continental motorcycle trek through part of South America. During this course, he penned his accounts of travel on local notes which came to be known as 'Motorcycle diaries'. (Youtube screen grab)
In 1954, he met Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro and his brother Raul in Mexico and became quickly part of Fidel Castro’s army to overthrow the Batista government in Cuba. (Photo : AP)
In 1959, when Castro took power Guevara became in-charge of La Cabaña Fortress prison. Later, he became president of the Cuban national bank and helped to shift the country’s trade relations from the United States to the Soviet Union. Three years later, Che was appointed as the minister of industry. (Youtube screen grab)
He left this post in 1965 to export the ideas of Cuba’s revolution to other parts of the world. In 1966, he began to try to incite the people of Bolivia to rebel against their government, but had little success. (Youtube screen grab)
But Che wasn't always the icon of revolution and resilience for the youth. He mostly worked in the shadows of erstwhile President Fidel Castro. (Youtube screen grab)
Cuban photographer Alberto Korda's photo of Che Guevara has been a prominent graphic for posters, t-shirts, playing cards and almost everything. Today, the Che image is well over 50 years old and is still as popular. Che was at a funeral of the La Coubre blast victims, when midst tragedy, desolation, and indignation, photographer Korda’s lens came across Che’s face when he was looking for a cover picture for a pro revolution magazine- Revolución. (Photo : AP)
Che, after fighting for the Cuban revolution, went to Bolivia to incite the people to liberate themselves. But that didn't yield him much success. (Youtube screen grab)
In 1967, Che was killed by the US backed Bolivian army. The forces captured Guevara on October 8 when he was fighting against the Bolivian government. He was captured and assassinated the next day. His hands , as a proof of death were cut off and sent to Castro. His body was the buried in an unmarked grave by the army. (Youtube screen grab)
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