The life and times of George Fernandes
Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passed away after prolonged illness in Delhi on Tuesday. He was aged 88.
He served as Defence Minister between 1998 and 2004. One of the most prominent leaders of the socialist movement in the 1970s, Fernandes was a senior Janata Dal leader before he founded the Samata Party. Apart from the defence ministry during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government, Mr Fernandes held several ministerial portfolios including communications, industry and railways.