Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passed away on 29th January 2019, after a prolonged illness. He was 88 years old.
George Fernandes was suffering from Alzheimer's disease; and recently, he was detected with swine flu disease.
George Fernandes was the Union Defence Minister from the year 2001 to 2004 under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government. As a Defence Minister, he oversaw the Pokhran nuclear tests of 1998 and the Kargil war in 1999.
George Fernandes was born in Mangaluru in British India on 3rd June 1930. He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1967.
George Fernandes played a critical role in fighting against the Emergency declared by the then PM Indira Gandhi in the mid-1970s to which he was arrested.
George Fernande also severed on several positions during his political career as Union Minister of Communications, Industry, Railwaysn and Defence.
George Fernande was a Member of Parliament was in the Rajya Sabha during 2009-2010.