George Fernandes Dies

George Fernandes, former Defense Minister of India dies on January 29th, 2019 at the age of 88. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and was bedridden for past few years.

Alzheimer is a type of dementia which causes loss of memory, thinking and behaviour.

Mr Fernandes was a key member of the Janata Dal and the founder of the Samata Party. He held several ministerial portfolios including communications, industry, railways, and defence.

The funeral was held on January 30 th , after the arrival of his son Sean Fernandes from the USA.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “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.’’

Several leaders including Congress president Rahul Gandhi took to social media to express their condolences. Mr. Gandhi said: “I’m sorry to hear about the passing away of former Parliamentarian;
Union Minister, George Fernandes Ji. My condolences to his family and friends in this time of grief.”

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