Former Defence Minister George Fernandes funeral: Former Union Minister George Fernandes will be cremated in the national capital will full state honours. As per his wishes, his body will be cremated after which, ashes will be buried. The 88-year old had passed away on Tuesday following a prolonged illness.
Born in Mangalore in Karnataka in 1930, his first stint in politics was with Janata Party after the Emergency was announced in the country. It was in 1977, that he first time become a Member of Parliament from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur . when he was minister for Industries under Morarji Desai, he took on US companies like Coca-Cola and IBM.
He came in contact with union leader Placid D’Mello, and Rammanohar Lohia. Fernandes fought the rights of labourers in small scale service industries. He joined Janata Dal and served as Railways minister in V P Singh government between 1989 to 1990.
When he was defence minister under Atal Bihari Vajpayee after intruders backed by Pakistan had entered Kargil. The army then successfully made intruders move back from their positions. Soon after Pokhran tests were conducted. George Fernandes’ funeral will take place in Lodhi crematorium.