Left Menu
Development News Edition

George Fernandes passes away after prolonged illness


George Fernandes passes away after prolonged illness

Veteran socialist George Fernandes, who was the defence minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, passed away Tuesday following a prolonged illness, his long time associate Jaya Jaitly said. He was 88.

Fernandes was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, which had forced him out of the public eye for last many years, and had recently contracted swine flu, she said, adding that he died at his residence here. He was India's defence minister in the NDA government headed by Vajpayee when India fought the Kargil war in 1999. It was during his tenure that India conducted nuclear test at Pokhran in 1998.

He was the industry minister under the Jan Sangh government which had defeated former prime minster Indira Gandhi in 1977. Tributes poured in for the veteran leader, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he was frank and fearless, and never deviated from his ideology.

"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," the PM said. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi expressed his condolences to Fernandes' family and friends.

"I'm sorry to hear about the passing away of former Parliamentarian & Union Minister, George Fernandes Ji," he said in a Facebook post.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

Beware! Maximum cyber criminals eye your personal data

A report of the World Economic Forum revealed that cyber security is increasingly becoming an issue of public security as the majority of cyber criminals are increasingly targetting individual internet users. This requires preventive measur...

WEF 2020: Trump seems politically correct in pulling out from Paris Agreement

If the survey of the World Economic Forum WEF is believed, Trump seems to enjoy the confidence of his people in flaying climate intuitions and climate activists. His preference for economic development over environmental protection not only...

From home to healthcare, here are Robotic innovations transforming lives

Lovot is equipped with more than 50 sensors such as thermography, microphone array, obstacle detection, and touch sensor to generate motion and emotions in real-time....

Translating words to deeds: Achieving gender parity in access to financial resources

... ...

Videos

Latest News

European travel firms cancel trips to China as virus fears grow

Some tour operators in Europe are cancelling trips to China and offering customers refunds for bookings to the country as concerns grow about the spread of the new flu-like virus that has killed 81 people and infected more than 2,740. Steps...

USL Q3 net profit up 15 pc to Rs 232 cr

Liquor major United Spirits Ltd USL on Monday reported an increase of 15.19 per cent in consolidated net profit at Rs 232 crore for the third quarter ended December, 2019. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 201.4 crore in the year-ag...

The man with the spider brooch who could cost Macron Paris

Cedric Villani, out campaigning to be the next mayor of Paris, was dressed in his trademark three-piece suit with a pocket watch and spider brooch under his overcoat.Dont go changing, a passerby said as Villani chatted to shoppers and stall...

Maruti hikes select model prices by up to Rs 10,000

The countrys largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India MSI on Monday said it has increased prices of select models by up to Rs 10,000 with immediate effect to offset the impact of rising input costs. The price change varies across models and ra...

Give Feedback