George Fernandes: News

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.

29 Jan 2019


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.

29 Jan 2019

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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.

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'.