Articles about George Fernandes

George Fernandes was a socialist trade unionist, journalist, politician, and former Defence Minister of India. He was a nine-time Lok Sabha Member of Parliament and a one-time Member of Rajya Sabha. In his young days as a trade unionist, Fernandes organized strikes and agitations fighting for the rights of exploited workers. When the Emergency (1975-77) was declared, Fernandes was arrested in the Baroda dynamite case. He contested his first Lok Sabha election in 1967 from Bombay South against Congress Veteran SK Patil, handing him a surprise defeat. Fernandes served as the Minister for Industries in the Janata Party Government (1977-79) and as Railways Minister in VP Singh’s Government during 1989-90. Fernandes became the founder-president of the Samata Party in 1994. He supported the BJP-led NDA government in 1996, but the alliance failed to prove its majority in the Parliament. The NDA, however, came to power in 1998 and retained the majority in the 1999 Lok Sabha elections. Fernandes served as the Minister of Defence in the Vajpayee Government from 1998 to 2004 and oversaw two key operations: Pokhran-II Nuclear tests (1998) and victory in the Kargil War (1999). He passed away in 2019 at the age of 88.

Coronavirus impact: All domestic flights canceled from midnight tomorrow

23 Mar 2020

India
Coronavirus impact: All domestic flights canceled from midnight tomorrow

In a major move, all domestic flights will be canceled from Wednesday to curb the coronavirus from spreading, the government said a short while ago.

The long haul: Indian cities go under lockdown, courtesy coronavirus

23 Mar 2020

India
The long haul: Indian cities go under lockdown, courtesy coronavirus

To contain the spread of coronavirus, several Indian cities finally took a cue from what is happening in other countries — a lockdown.

#Article370Scrapped: How Indian politicians reacted

05 Aug 2019

Politics
#Article370Scrapped: How Indian politicians reacted

On Monday, India bore witness to history as the BJP-led Centre scrapped contentious Article 370, which granted autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir.

Before Modi takes oath, understanding how Union Cabinets are formed

30 May 2019

Politics
Before Modi takes oath, understanding how Union Cabinets are formed

Who will be a part of Narendra Modi's Cabinet, is a question which has kept political analysts busy since BJP got a thumping victory in 2019 general elections.

What made anti-nuclear test crusader George Fernandes participate in Pokhran?

29 Jan 2019

Politics
What made anti-nuclear test crusader George Fernandes participate in Pokhran?

George Fernandes' demise on Tuesday, January 29, has left a void in Indian politics and leaders across the spectrum have united to remember the fearless man.

George Fernandes, former Defense Minister, dies at 88

29 Jan 2019

Politics
George Fernandes, former Defense Minister, dies at 88

Former Defense Minister George Fernandes passed away on Tuesday at the age of 88. He was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and had contracted swine flu recently.

Ex-VP Hamid Ansari raises questions about 2002 Gujarat Riots

14 Oct 2018

Politics
Ex-VP Hamid Ansari raises questions about 2002 Gujarat Riots

While releasing a book written by Lt. General Zameer Uddin Shah, the man who had led the army response during the 2002 Gujarat riots, former Vice President Dr. Hamid Ansari raised questions about the civil administration and the police's failure to control the situation.

Nirmala Sitharaman takes off in IAF's combat jet Sukhoi-30 MKI

17 Jan 2018

India
Nirmala Sitharaman takes off in IAF's combat jet Sukhoi-30 MKI

To review its operational functionality and combat prowess, India's first woman defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday flew in Sukhoi-30 MKI from the Jodhpur airbase in Rajasthan.

LK Advani: The man who couldn't become PM or President

08 Nov 2017

Politics
LK Advani: The man who couldn't become PM or President

Lal Krishna Advani, one of BJP's founding fathers, is credited for scripting BJP's landmark win in the 1998 polls.

Explosive revelations: Did Sonia Gandhi influence probe against 'Tehelka'?

07 Nov 2017

India
Explosive revelations: Did Sonia Gandhi influence probe against 'Tehelka'?

In her new autobiography, former Samata Party president Jaya Jaitly has alleged Congress' Sonia Gandhi tried to influence a probe against 'Tehelka'.

RS disqualification: Sharad Yadav gets 10 days to provide defense

28 Oct 2017

Politics
RS disqualification: Sharad Yadav gets 10 days to provide defense

Vice-president and RS Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has reportedly given JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav 10 more days to offer his defense regarding the disqualification application filed by JD(U) floor leader Ram Singh, due to Yadav's defection.

A week of India's new Defense Minister

19 Sep 2017

Politics
A week of India's new Defense Minister

Nirmala Sitharaman is the first Defense Minister in 16 years to visit the sensitive Uttarlai airbase in Barmer, Rajasthan after George Fernandes in 2001.