George Fernandes, former Defence Minister of India, passes away at 88

At the age of 88, former Defence Minister, George Fernandes breathed his last today, i.e. January 29, 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the gentleman with a befitting tribute on Twitter.
Former Defence Minister, George Fernandes breathed his last today, i.e. January 29, 2019.Former Defence Minister, George Fernandes breathed his last today, i.e. January 29, 2019.
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In what comes as major upsetting news, former Defence Minister and anti-emergency crusader George Fernandes breathed his last today, i.e. January 29, 2019. He was of the age 88. For the uninitiated, George Fernandes was the Defence Minister in the NDA Government between 1998 to 2004, under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. For the past decade, Fernandes was riddled by illness and was away from the public eye. The last time he was a part of the parliament was between August 2009 to July 2010, as a Rajya Sabha MP.

A bereaved Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his Twitter page to pay the perfect homage to the gentleman that Fernandes was. PM Modi tweeted, "George Sahab represented the best of India’s political leadership. Frank and fearless, forthright and farsighted, he made a valuable contribution to our country. He was among the most effective voices for the rights of the poor and marginalised. Saddened by his passing away." He further spoke about all of Mr. Fernandes' accomplishments while in his political tenure.

"When we think of Mr. George Fernandes, we remember most notably the fiery trade union leader who fought for justice, the leader who could humble the mightiest of politicians at the hustings, a visionary Railway Minister and a great Defence Minister who made India safe and strong," PM Modi added.

He concluded, "During his long years in public life, George Sahab never deviated from his political ideology. He resisted the Emergency tooth and nail. His simplicity and humility were noteworthy. My thoughts are with his family, friends and lakhs of people grieving. May his soul rest in peace."

Rest in peace, George Fernandes.

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Deep respect for Mr. George Fernandes

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