Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passed away on 29th January 2019, due to prolonged illness in New Delhi. Fernandes was an Alzheimer and parkinson’s patient and had suffered swine flu for the last few days.
Fernandes was not only a important leader of the Janata Dal but also the founder of the Samata Party. He held several ministerial portfolios including communications, industry, railways, and defence.
George Fernandes’ w.He was a master orator as emergengy era rebel famous quotes and was famous for calling a spade a spade
Some of his famous quotes are-
- The process has begun. This will take about one-and-a-half months. We are trying to do it faster.
- One should learn from the past, but one should not live in the past. My concern is to look to the future, learn from the past, and deal with the present.
- There can be no minority and majority in armed forces. These ideas are working to weaken the forces and break their morale.
- A politician should not be written off till he or she is cremated.
- The naxal flag will soon fly in Delhi.
George Fernandes – a great political leader
This immensely great political leader was a people’s person who worked for the betterment of the people. After his victory in Muzaffarpur, Fernandes set up a Doordarshan Kendra (1978), Kanti Thermal Power Station (1978) and the Lijjat papad factory to generate employment in the state.
George Fernandes also emphasised on women’s empowerment. He was also the primary figure in the unionisation of sections of Bombay labour in the 1950s.
He was known as the ‘rebel leader’ during the infamous emergency era imposed by the then Indira Gandhi. The political fallout of the emergengy led the Janata party to defeat the Congress government in 1977. But at that time George Fernandes was in prison due to charges for Baroda dynamite case.
He became the Industry Minister under the Janata Party government and accused giant foreign companies like Coca-cola and IBM with charges of Foreign Exchange violation which forced them to shut down their companies and quit India.
Accusations on George Fernandes
The prominent leader also faced many accusations. Baroda Dynamite Case was one of the significant chapters in the life of former Union minister George Fernandes.
Indira Gandhi government also put him into jail for his outspokenness and rebellious attitude against the imposition of Emergency in the country. Fernandes was also accused of being involved in a corruption case called the ‘Coffin Gate’. However, he was acquitted by the court from all charges.
He maintained a low profile after the NDA’s defeat in 2004. His last attendance in the Rajya Sabha was during 2009-2010 following which he withdrew from public life due to ill health.
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