George Fernandes-the former Defence Minister passes away at the age of 88

Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passes away at the age of 88 due to prolonged illness.

George Fernandes-the former Defence Minister passes away at the age of 88 George Fernandes-the former Defence Minister passes away at the age of 88 Source : Press


The former Defence Minister, a trade unionist and a long-time socialist George Fernandes passed away at the age of 88. Mr. George was suffering from prolonged illness since a brief period of time.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has forwarded his condolences to his family as he took to his Twitter handle and wrote "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 added, "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."

"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."

May his soul rest in peace!

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