Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee conveyed his grief at the death of the former defense minister George Fernandes. In a letter which he wrote to the wife of MR Fernandes, the former Indian President represented the late former defense minister as a “committed socialist”.
Mr. Pranab Mukherjee wrote in his letter to the former defense minister’s wife, “I extend my heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Shri George Fernandes ”.
He also added, “ Shri Fernandes was a long-standing friend from the Opposition and colleague in the Parliament. A committed socialist, the activist for the cause of the deprived and an inspiring leader, he witnessed and contributed to different phases of our Nation’s building”.
According to Mr. Mukherjee, he always felt great with the association of Mr. Fernandes. Once former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee had received the ribbon of the Indian defense ministry from Mr. Fernandes, while his former party, the Congress, build the government at the center in 2004. At the age of 88, defense minister George Fernandes died on Tuesday. He had been suffering, as well as incapacitated over the past couple of years. George Fernandes serves a significant role in the Indian Defense Ministry between 1998 to 2004.
As one of the influential leaders of the socialist movement in the 1970s, George Fernandes was an also a senior leader of Janata Dal before forming the Samata Party.
In the Atal Bihari Vajpayee led government, besides serving in the Indian Defence Ministry, Mr. George Fernandes tackled multiple ministerial portfolios including industrial, communications and railways.