Fidel Castro: a quick biography
Fidel Castro was born in Cuba on August 13, 1926. He excelled academically and athletically. Castro enrolled to study law at the University of Havana in 1945 and was mainly interested in socialism, Cuban nationalism and anti-imperialism. He was very much immersed and involved in politics. At the age of 21, Castro was already involved in a coup to overthrow the dictator, Rafael Trujillo. The coup failed even before it was started but Castro’s zeal was untamed. In his relentless state, Castro participated in a Columbian anti-government rioting.
His association with Che Guevara was a synergy of two similar interests. Castro and his team campaigned against the Fulgencio Batista led dictatorship and with their guerrilla warfare, they were able to overthrow the dictator. Castro became the president of Cuba. As a president, he implemented several policies, which were communist in nature but helped to ensure improvement in Cuba.
However, since Castro had a communist stance, he rather collaborated with the Soviet Union and therefore tainted Cuban relationship with the United States. With the help of his ambassador, Che Guevara, international relations including economic and military relations with the Soviet Union were made. However, his strained relationship with the United States brought made a lot of toll on the small country. The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the major effects. Moreover, Castro was able to show the world that a small nation like Cuba can actually go against the United States against all odds but clearly his powerhouse was the Soviet Union.
Castro had a very remarkable success in education and healthcare but he was indeed a dictator. He had a draconian rule, imprisoned anyone who went against his rule and they faced serious prosecution. People who dare oppose him were killed in their thousands. Castro successfully brought communism into several countries across the world.
However, the collapse of his powerhouse, the Soviet Union, in 1991 dealt a great blow to the entire Cuban economy. Castro had no choice than to lay down some of his dictatorial armor. In 2008, ill health forced him to officially hand over power to his brother, Raul Castro. Fidel Castro died on November 25, 2016.