George Fernandes:- George Mathew Fernandes (3 June 1930 – 29 January 2019) was an Indian trade unionist, politician, journalist, agriculturist, and member of Rajya Sabha from Bihar.
He was a key member of the Janata Dal and is the founder of the Samata Party. He has held several ministerial portfolios including communications, industry, railways, and defense.
George Fernandes Early life
George Fernandes was born on 3 June 1930 to John Joseph Fernandes and Alice Martha Fernandes, in Mangaluru then Mangalore to a Mangalorean Catholic family. The eldest of six children, his siblings are Lawrence, Michael, Paul, Aloysius, and Richard.
His mother was a great admirer of King George V (who was also born on 3 June), hence she named her first son George. His father was employed by the Peerless Finance group as an insurance executive, and headed their office of South India for several years.
George was fondly called “Gerry” in close family circles. He attended his first few years of schooling at a government school near his house called “Board school”, a municipal school and a church school.
George Fernandes Life in Mumbai
A native of Mangalore, Fernandes was sent to Bangalore in 1946 to be trained as a priest. In 1949, he moved to Bombay, where he joined the socialist trade union movement. Becoming a trade union leader, Fernandes organised many strikes and bandhs in Bombay in the 1950s and 1960s while working with the Indian Railways.
He defeated S K Patil of Indian National Congress in the 1967 parliamentary elections from the South Bombay (now south Mumbai) constituency
Inspirational George Fernandes Quotes
“The process has begun. This will take about one-and-a-half months. We are trying to do it faster.”-George Fernandes
“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.”-George Fernandes
“Pakistan is directly responsible for this. They train young people to send them here to spread terrorism. What else can we expect from them.”-George Fernandes
“There can be no minority and majority in armed forces. These ideas are working to weaken the forces and break their morale.”-George Fernandes
“We cannot withdraw forces until elections in Jammu and Kashmir are over and after that, it depends on the situation. We have security forces along the borders and they will remain there until October.”-George Fernandes
“Naxal flag will soon fly in Delhi”-George Fernandes
“A politician should not be written off till he or she is cremated.”-George Fernandes
“The infiltration has almost ended and whatever is still taking place will stop too.”-George Fernandes